Name: 1961 Renault 4CV
Year(s) Produced: 1946-1962
Number Built: 464,122 (for 1961)
Body Type: 4-door saloon
Engine: 747cc, 45.6 cui (0.7L)
Power: 22hp @ 4100 RPM
0-60mph: 34 seconds
Top Speed: 59 mph
Transmission: 3-speed manual
Length/width/height: 142 in./ 56.3 in./ 57.9 in.
Wheelbase: 82.5 in.
Base Price: US$1,345
Highest Price: US$77,000
There has always been a mysterious appeal around real-deal barn finds that is kind of hard to resist. It somehow brings out the adventurer in every car enthusiast, embarking on a journey that leads them to a long lost and forgotten treasure. As it seems, this sense of adventure is universal.
Similarly, this is case following the recent barn find of Denmark-based Campen Auktioner at the Danish island of Funen in Denmark with its discovery of more than 50 Renault automobiles just last January of this year.
Many of the cars are still in pristine condition since according to the owner they took the liberty of carefully preparing and waxing the vehicles before being placed into long-term storage for almost five decades. The Danish collection bears all of the call signs of a dedicated enthusiast with a great passion for Renault and their contributions to the families of the fifties, sixties and seventies.
The owner of this amazing barn find, Anker Krarup, explains in an interview with Campen Auktioner that his collection is purely coincidental. Krarup even mentioned that he was not initially eyeing on having a car, being perfectly happy with his bicycle. However, being on four wheels seems to be inevitable when in 1968, Krarup opted to purchase a Renault 4CV apparently inspired when he once sat at a dinner table with a man whose wife drove the same model. Despite having major maintenance issues, the 4CV lived up for many years and even helped Krarup to woo his wife-to-be along the way.
By 1980, even when Krarup replaced the 4CV with a more modern Dauphine, his first automobile still has a unique hold on him. As it turned out, this same pattern will eventually repeat itself for many years to come. His Renault count grew steadily and, as it approached sixty cars, it occupied several barns. Over the years, Krarup and his wife Marianne and their boys, travelled many miles in their Renaults but grew regretful with the fact that most of the stored cars were no longer roadworthy.
With a firm belief that such automobile treasures deserved to be driven, and have a second chance in life, the Krarups finally decided to put the entire collection up for sale. They the hope that the new owners to-be would have the passion to restore the cars to their former glory.
There was also renewed interest in classic Renaults in Denmark earlier this month, when the Danish national Kevin Magnussen won a race seat for the French Renault team’s return to Formula 1. This added interest could attract a large crowd for the auction, as nowhere else will enthusiasts find such a large collection of Renaults for sale all at once. Campen Auktioner in Randers, Denmark will sell the collection at the traditional auction of special and classic cars to be held on Palm Sunday on March 20, 2016, where the many Renaults will be the main attraction.
Check out this video from Campen Auktioner for an insider look on how it feels to discover such gems. Just turn on the English subtitles for a better grasp of what Krarup couple has to say about their classic car collection.