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Notices d'utilisation

Each time anything in the design was changed a new Drivers and Maintenance Guide, the 'Notice d'utilisation' (later renamed 'Conduite et Entretien') was published - so nearly every year in practice. Here's pictures of the ones I have laid my hand on. Some are missing, especially onwards from 1985. I am not so sure about the exact year of some, like for instance the NE901 and NE912. Spanish 'manuales' are found here.


1962: NE875 is the first one... apart from the 'ordinary' R1120 (R4 and R4L, always 4CV) it lists the R1121 (R3, 3CV) of which only about 1000 would be produced. A basic cover drawing shows the R4 from the front side. NE896 (to the right) fits in between NE875 and the 1962/1963 NE901 numerically. It is about the fourgonnettes only. Two versions are listed. One NE875 shows both the 4CV R2102 (fourgonnette equivalent to the R1120) and the 3CV R2103 (R1121). It is doubtful if the latter really existed, because very little is known about it, leave alone a real life specimen. The second one only shows the R2102.


1962: NE901, apart from the R1120 and R1121 also lists the 747cc R1122 (Super). The hand drawn picture of NE875 is replaced by an action photograph of the Super. The Super was introduced a little later than the R1120 and R1121, but still model year 1962.


1964/1965(?): NE912. Both the R1121 and R1122 are history, we are left with R1120 (R4, R4L, Export) and R1123 (5CV Super replacing the old 4CV R1122, and Parisienne). The tubular front bumper has been replaced (although already in 1963) by a new flat model. Alas, we are back at a rather sober cover design. I was expecting a notification of the R1124 (5CV Super), but it is not here. NE941 is a fourgonnette addition to NE912 for the 2102 (4CV) and 2104 (5CV), fourgonnette equivalents to respectively the R1120 and R1123.


1964/1965(?): much the same as the previous one, this one has the same number, but the 'conseils importants' are so important that they have been upgraded from arrow to 'F'. This one may therefore be of model year 1965 - but the only clear visual change between 1964 and 1965 is the shape of the rearview mirror (both NE921 have the 1964 model).


1967: a change in style. NE992 shows a picture of the new dashboard of model year 1967. The types are R1120 (4CV Parisienne, R4 Export, R4 Luxe) and R1123 (5CV R4 Parisienne and Export).


1968: NE117 shows the new grille and bumper that come with the 1968-model. Regarding the break in numbering, probably Renault decided against the use of NE-numbers larger than 1000? The models are still R1120 (4CV Parisienne, R4 Export, R4 Luxe) and R1123 (5CV Parisienne and Export). NE119 is a fourgonnette addition to NE117 for the new 1968 4-speed models of the 4CV R2105 (technically similar to the R1120) and 5CV R2106 (similar to the R1123). Both are available as Tolée and Vitrée, so an update to the NE941 listed above.


1969: the Spanish language version of the NE133 is almost the same as the NE117, the only difference being that the front page lists, for the first time, the full text 'Renault 4' rather than 'R1120 R1123'. Inside, the use of 'US pints' and 'Imperial pints' as well as a description of sealed beams in relation to the european model leads to the conclusion that this edition was probably meant for the southern US market? The French version had the same cover.


1972: on NE217 the hole in the bumper for cranking up the engine is gone so we are in 1972, and, this year, the rubber bumper blocks are out of fashion (another C&E exists with nearly the same cover, which does have them). This booklet appears to be for the whole 'Gamme Renault 4'! No type numbers, just 'limousine' and 'fourgonnette' so perhaps this specific volume wasn't for the French market?


1973: NE261. We continue in the seventies with a hand drawn, artists impression of a R4. A new logo appears. The types are 'limousine' R1123 and R1126 (5CV and 4CV resp., Luxe and Export), 'break' (vitrée) R2391 (5CV) and R2392 (4CV) and 'fourgonnette' R2106 (5CV) and R2109 (4CV).


1976: NE321. NE321 has the same cover as the 1973 NE261 but the L and TL versions are introduced. Types 4L (R1123, R1126), 4TL (R1123, R1126), Fourgonnette (R2106, R2109), Break (R2391, R2392), Fourgonnette Longue (6CV, R2370) and Break Long (6CV, R2430).


1977 with NE349, showing the new rectangular indicator lights but still the metal air inlet. A lot of different types: the L, TL and Safari are R1123 or R1126, the Fourgonnette R2391 or R2392, Break R2391 or R2392, Fourgonnette Longue R2370 and Break Long R2430.


1978: NE370. So sneaky, nearly the same picture as last year, but the metal air inlet under the windscreen has been replaced by the plastic one common in the last 15 years. The end of times is near! The types are more or less the same, but the Safari is only available as R1123 and the Fourgonnette and Fourgonnete Longue are officially renamed 4F4 and 4F6.


1979: NE389. For the first time, no picture of an R4 on the front page. By far the ugliest design, showing an R5-door. Why o why? The types, by the way: 4 (R1123, R1126), 4TL (R1123, R1126), 4GTL (here it is!) (6CV, R1128), 4F4 (R2106, R2109, R2391, R2392) and 4F6 (R2370).


1980: Again no picture of the R4 on the front page of the NE412 but at least we got rid of the door. A rather boring design and we still have: 4 (R1123, R1126), 4TL (R1123, R1126), 4GTL (R1128), 4F4 (R2106, R2109, R2391, R2392) and 4F6 (R2370).


1983-1985: A new font, but on the NE468 not even the renault logo is shown anymore. The color is probably meant to give you a headache. Some changes in the types: Base - TL (5CV, R1123), GTL (6CV, 1128), F4 (5CV: 2106, 210 B, 239 B), F6 - Pickup (6CV: 2370, 3C 2370) and F4* F6* (6CV: 210B, 239B, 2370, different compression (like GTL), in some countries).

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