Single frame… Renault Juvaquatre Break

Mural depicting St Mungo, Glasgow, April 2019Renault Juvaquatre Break, the Nièvre, August 2018
Fujifilm X-T1, Fujinon XF 18-135mm f3.5~5.6 R LM OIS WR at 49mm, 1/80s, f8, ISO 320

I’ve mentioned before my fondness for photographing old vehicles wherever I find them…

This Renault Juvaquatre Break was spotted in a small town in the Nièvre department of France in August last year. Based on the Juvaquatre Camionette (van) introduced in the late 1930s, the Break (also known as the ‘Dauphinoise’ post 1956) was introduced in 1950 and remained in production until 1960, just a few months before its replacement arrived in the shape of the Renault 4.

The French (at least in rural areas) seem to keep using their old vehicles long after we (in the UK) would’ve either confined them to classic car shows or the scrapyard.

Classic vehicle – Renault 1000Kg light van

Like fellow blogger Jim Grey I photograph old cars whenever I spot one and although a beautifully restored example is wonderful to see, I do prefer those that have been allowed to age gracefully…

Renault 1000Kg light vanRenault 1000Kg light van
Pentax MZ-M, SMC Pentax-M 50mm f/2 – 1/90s, f8 – JCH Street Pan 400 rated at ISO 320

The Renault 1000Kg light van was introduced in 1947 but the 1400kg version introduced two years later soon became the more popular model.

This particular example was spotted in a small commune in the Nièvre department of France and is an example of the 1000Kg Voltigeur model manufactured between 1956 and 1963. As a diesel engine was only offered as an option from 1961 I’m assuming that this one has the 1996cc petrol engine.

Renault 1000Kg light van-20170801Renault 1000Kg light van
Fujifilm X-T1, Fujinon XF 18-135mm f3.5~5.6 R LM OIS WR at 93mm, 1/60s, f8, ISO 400

I’m not certain that those tiny wheels (that don’t even remotely fill out the wheel arches) are the originals and sadly the van doesn’t appear to have moved in quite a while even though the ’89’ part of the registration indicates that this vehicle is registered in the neighbouring Yonne department.