With an interesting history born while under German occupation during WWII, the most endearing variant of Renault's ultra successful 4CV was the open beach car, or Resort Special as it was officially named. The delightful open runabout was intended for beach resorts and other tourist destinations. Created by the prominent Italian coach building firm Carrozzeria Ghia on the Renault 4CV base, the cars featured weather-resistant wicker seats and a fringed surrey top for protection from the sun. Comparatively expensive (nearly twice the price of the basic model 4CV), only fifty of these Resort Specials are believed to have been built.
This exquisite Renault 4CV Resort Special stems from a rare breed indeed. Purchased by a Scottsdale collector several yeard ago, it is believed to have spent several decades in California. With the help of several well-known Southern California collector car specialists, the Renault was completely disassembled and treated to a comprehensive restoration. All of the body work was media blasted before being treated to a fresh paint job by noted painter, Mario Perez, in a charming Mint Green and Cream two-tone livery. The suspension, braking and cooling systems where all refurbished. Re-plated/re-chromed nuts and bolts throughout attest to the meticulous attention to detail. The engine was overhauled by well-known Jaguar specialist Richard Jenkins, and the gearbox was taken apart and refurbished with new seals and bearings before a new clutch was installed. New wicker seats were hand-woven, and the cars instruments and switches refurbished. It has been used sparingly since and maintained while in climate controlled storage in Scottsdale.
Beautifully presented inside and out, this charming Resort Special would be a great choice for the ranch, beach, yacht club, or racing paddock, and will surely initiate smiles and conversations wherever it goes.