We are very proud of our focus on this aspect of car design: ashtrays.
This one serves in a Renault 4. The quattrelle had a three decade production run; it’s not fanciful to wonder if it could have endured as long as the Defender had it been marketed as slightly separate to Renault’s modern range.
That’s a pretty big receptacle. It’s a flip-over top hinged lid.
I saw this car (maroon, below) on the same day as the Peugeot 604 I tested recently. The dealer’s feeling is that more people are turning to the Renault 4 as Citroen 2CV prices rise. What people get is a car subtly different from the Citroen although they are often lumped together by dint of their utilitarian image.
In fact, the R4 is larger, heavier and comparatively more comfortably trimmed. The chairs are proper ones, broad and deep and the car really seems to start as a pared-down normal car. The 2Cv seems more to be the result of starting from zero and reluctantly adding car until there was just enough.