Pièces Renault dans le monde entier
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Most pictures shown on photos and in advertisements were taken in studios or out in the country where it is impossible to tell where one is. Luckily, some photos were shot on locations that are still well known, for instance those taken during the introduction in the Camargue. Some could be traced from the past into the present. I am greatly indebted to Antoine, Robert, Boerammetje, Niek and Google Streetview!

The locations of some of the photos shown below are only more or less known. Please send me an email if you recognize any of the locations - or if you know the location of any other old photos shown in the brochures. On the left, the originals are shown. On the right, mostly the Google Streetview version but also some photos taken by individuals or from archives.

aigues_mortes
aigues_mortes

France, Camargue, 1961. the castle of Aigues Mortes as shown in Renault Magazine 44

grau_du_roi
grau_du_roi

France, Camargue, 1961. The Quai Colbert in Le Grau du Roi as shown in Renault Magazine 44

saintes_maries_de_la_mer
saintes_maries_de_la_mer

France, Camargue, 1961. The village of Saintes Maries de la Mer as shown in Renault Magazine 44

mas_de_boumian
mas_de_boumian

France, Camargue, 1961. The Mas de Boumian from Renault Magazine 44. If someone could go there and take a picture from the right angle, please send me a copy.

mas_de_cacharel
mas_de_cacharel

France, Camargue, 1961. The Mas de Cacharel from the italian Quattroruote Magazine.

Chateau de Pinceloup
sonchamp

France, 1961. This nice picture is the back side of Renault Magazine 44. My friend Antoine fulfilled the incredible task of finding out that these are 'Les épicures' of the Château de Pinceloup (stables of the castle) near Sonchamp, now hosting the 'École le Notre Poids Lourds'. The château Porgès de Rochefort en Yvelines, shown below, is less than 10 kilometers away. There are strong suspicions that the famous introduction leaflet of La Nouvelle, showing a drawing of a man loading a chair into a blue 4L in front of a farm-like building, is based on the Ferme du Loireux (or Louareux), less than 2 kilometers away.

soraya
yvelines

France, 1961. The château Porgès de Rochefort en Yvelines was used for Operation Soraya. Currently it is a golf resort... sigh. . Thanks again Antoine!

rue_sarrette
rue_sarrette

France, Paris, corner Rue Sarrette / Rue Alésia, 1961. A car belonging to the Prenez le Volant series, conveniently parked at the Bar du Terminus.

dam
dam

Netherlands, Amsterdam, Dam Square 1961. Another spotting of the Prenez le Volant cars ('Stuur zelf'), at Amsterdams main square, now a pedestrian area.

napoli_bay
napoli_bay

Italy, Naples, the bay, 1962. The front page of an Italian introduction brochure, viewed from (about) the Via Francesco Petrarca / Via Parco Carelli and overlooking the Villa Doria d'Angri in the foreground, and the Bay of Naples and Mount Vesuvius in the background.

napoli_marina
napoli_marina

Italy, Naples, the bay, 1962. The back page of the same Italian introduction brochure, viewed from (about) the Via Francesco Petrarca / Via Parco Carelli and overlooking the Villa Doria d'Angri in the foreground, and the Bay of Naples and Mount Vesuvius in the background.

Santa_Margherita
Santa_Margherita

Italy, Santa Margherita Ligure, Strada Provinziale 227 di Portofino, 1963. A nice leaflet for the standard 4 along the Ligurian coast.

Santa_Margherita
Santa_Margherita

Italy, Santa Margherita Ligure, 1963. Another fine leaflet of the same series as above, now for a 4L overlooking the bay of Santa Margherita.

plaza_cibeles
plaza_cibeles

Spain, Madrid, 1964. From the spanish introduction brochure the Plaza Cibeles.

calle_de_alcala
calle_de_alcala

Spain, Madrid, 1964. From the same spanish introduction brochure the Calle de Alcalá.

honfleur
honfleur

France, Honfleur, 1964. Press photo taken in the port of Honfleur.

st tropez
st tropez

France, St. Tropez, 1964. The Quai Gabriel Péri in the harbour as shown on one of the Keller series of advertisements. Nowadays unfortunately always obscured by the most ugly yachts, the same houses can still be seen on the nice old postcard on the right, although the right hand side doesn't appear on the drawing.

4 Elles
4 Elles

Peru, El Ticlio, 1965. One of Michelle Ray's '4 Elles' 4L halting at the location where - in that time - the highest railway in the world was located (4818m!).

rue_bonaparte
rue_bonaparte

France, Paris, 1964. The Rue Bonaparte / Rue Jacob as seen on the Keller series of advertisements. On the right, the same location featuring a remarkable Parisienne.

palais_bourbon
palais_bourbon

France, Paris, 1966. A Parisienne press photo shot at the Place de la Concorde overlooking the Bourbon Palace.

palais_royal
palais_royal

France, Paris, 1966. A Parisienne press photo shot at the metro entrance of the Place du Palais Royal.

geemancipeerde_winkelwagen
geemancipeerde_winkelwagen

Netherlands, Amsterdam. 1968. Kalverstraat 35-37, now a Mango shop. The 'Miele & Co' store has left long ago but recently a nice photo could be found on the Amsterdam Beeldbank.

geeft_u_de_ruimte
geeft_u_de_ruimte

Netherlands, Amsterdam, 1968. Corner Keizersgracht - Leliegracht, now Kirchner bookstore.

kwijt_raken
kwijt_raken

Netherlands, Amsterdam, 1968. SW Corner Beethovenstraat - Stadionweg looking eastward down Stadionweg.

econoom

Netherlands, Amsterdam 1965, Betondorp and/or Watergraafsmeer around Galileïplantsoen?

buitenstaander
buitenstaander

Netherlands, Amsterdam, 1968. A view on the Riekermolen (note that the position of the blades is different though - they can be rotated).

ruimte
ruimte

Netherlands, Amsterdam, 1969. A view on the van Nijenrodeweg from the corner Soetendaal-Vijverhoef showing a contract killer on a job. Unrecognizable due to the abundant vegetation but the flats are still there hidden behind the bushes.

grote_school_auto
grote_school_auto

Netherlands, Amsterdam 1970, Albert Hahnplantsoen, on the right a double villa built in 1930 in the style of the 'Amsterdamse School', now a monument. The building on the left was already a school in 1970, now the Montessorischool, located in a hideous concrete building.

nadenken

Netherlands, Amsterdam, but along which canal?

treport
treport

France, the Quai François 1er in the harbour of Le Tréport, a nice press photo from 1973.

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