This is the fourth Spanish-made Renault 4 our family has owned.
They used to be commonplace (and very cheap) here in Catalonia, where they were known as ‘cuatro latas’ – which translates as ‘four tin cans’ – due to their austere quality. All of ours have proved to be fun, simple and rugged machines.
My brother once owned a fire-engine-red R4 saloon that was clocked at 162kph (100mph) by the local guardia civil, but they let him off due to sheer disbelief and then enjoyed a couple of beers at our family bar before heading off to continue their evening shift.
This 1984 F6 van was found for sale near the city of Figueres for €500 (about £450), with a very dubious six-month MoT included.
It had belonged to a prestigious castle, casino and vineyard business, so the little Renault was used as a delivery van for its wines and cavas in the ’80s.
We bought it as a rolling advert for a company we had at that time, but shortly after we put it into use the head gasket blew.