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As its name (formed from the words “coloniale” and “rurale”) suggested, the Colorale was a rugged utility vehicle primarily designed to address tough motoring conditions on rural and overseas markets.
Production spanned the period from 1950 to 1956 and totalled 39’200 units. It was available in a wide range of formats (estate car, sevenseater taxi, can and pickup) and afour-wheel-drive verson appeared in 1952.
The Colorale first earned a place in motoring history with the Algiers-Cape Town Rally in 1951, before giong to forge itself a truly legendary reputation as a tireless adventurer with equally arduous expeditions from Tierra del Fuego to Alaska and from Tibesti through the Congo to Ethiopia.
A Renault Colorale in service with the French Foreign Legion in Oubari, Libya in 1952. [Courtesy of photograph: Jean Soupene]
- Type: Renault Colorale “Savane”
- Engine: Four cylinders in-line
- Capacity: 2283 ccm
- Dimensions: L: 4,35m W: 1,82m H: 2,12m
- Weight: 1'560 kg
Top Speed: 100 kph