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    Hello Folks...
    Ed here...a new member of this forum.
    I am currently restoring a 1961 Resort Car and would love to make contact with owners or people with experience with them. The car I'm working on is nearing mechanical and exterior completion and I'm getting ready to start on the interior. The seats have been done by an amazing craftsman and look great. What I am really needing is some good photos of the interior of these cars...the interior on this particular car was not in good shape...someone had just glues some cheap carpet everywhere. I'm in hopes to put it back as close to originally possible. I've really not seen anything as to what was behind the rear seat etc. I can tell there must have been a panel there, as there are some screw holes. Also under the seat latch block was carpet. Looks like that may have been original, but not sure???
    I'll be glad to share pics of the restoration and any info I have learned from this project...rebuilding the 6V flasher claxon etc.
    Thanks!!!
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    I think what you are referring to is known as a "jolly". In the case of Renault, they were normally based on a model known as a 4CV(sometimes also known as a 750 or 760) but I believe I have seen a few based on a Renault 4 as well. 4Cv refers to the horsepower in French, whereas Renault 4 was a different model using the 4 designation - no relation to horsepower in that case I think. You may have more luck googling Renault Jolly for images. I doubt Australia had many (if any) but we have seen them in press and TV (usually USA based).

    There has also been US based member or members on here discussing them with pics in the past also, so perhaps search for jolly on here as well.
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    Hi Akaed, and welcome.
    However the price to come on here is you must share that great car. For a start just pictures will do. Later ???
    here is a reference to get you started;
    1961 Renault Jolly Beach Car Owner
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    Thanks 8&10.
    Renault seems to officially like call them resort cars...the Fiat was known as a Jolly and there were a LOT more of the Fiats built, I think the Jolly name got stuck with the Renaults as well.
    I had heard that several of the Renaults had made their way "Down Under" but not sure if that's true. There are only a handful left of the 50 built. The car I'm working on is #19 we think...as there was a big 19 hand painted on the firewall under the insulation.
    Most of the components are 4CV and it is indeed a 750cc drivetrain.
    I'll do a search for Jolly here and see what pops up!

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    Lots of pics...got to figure out how to post them here on this forum!
    I'll try and figure it out tonight!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Akaed View Post
    Thanks 8&10.
    Renault seems to officially like call them resort cars...the Fiat was known as a Jolly and there were a LOT more of the Fiats built, I think the Jolly name got stuck with the Renaults as well.
    I had heard that several of the Renaults had made their way "Down Under" but not sure if that's true. There are only a handful left of the 50 built. The car I'm working on is #19 we think...as there was a big 19 hand painted on the firewall under the insulation.
    Most of the components are 4CV and it is indeed a 750cc drivetrain.
    I'll do a search for Jolly here and see what pops up!
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    This example sold at Bonhams auction bares out the nomenclature 'Resort'
    https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/23132/lot/43/

    Photos on the Bonhams site have pretty good detail with great magnification, may be of some help with your project

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    Well I'm pleasantly surprised, I was expecting a load of junk but that thing is far far from that.
    Very nice, keep the photo's coming, you'll give a lot of old blokes their "jollies".
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    That's all wonderful and great to see the photos of one rare 4CV. You should get in touch with the Renault Owners Club of North America, if you haven't already. Ask me if you want the email address of the President and I'll send you a PM - I vaguely recall he had one of those cars once.

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    Wayne Carini on Chasing Classic Cars owned one for a while.

    If you track down the appropriate episode you may be able to glean some visual information from there.

    Whilst not a fan of Wayne he does seem to get cars back to factory original.

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    Here is a little snippet from youtube.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wpngO0CM93A
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    You have done a very nice job, it looks great. I like the engine colour. Looks very accurate and I like that you have correctly painted the head. well done.

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    Akaed,
    I will admit I prefer the name "Jollie" but it is what you want that counts.

    Your restoration is fantastic, and I can see the hours and funds that have been put in the car. Keep the Pictures coming, and maybe start a thread in Projects and give us some history of the project.

    Sunroof !!! the heads were only green, because when they came out of the engine shop some big French Lug waved a spray gun full of green paint at it. They look far better in clean Aluminium, and polished copper push rod tubes.

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    Thanks ... I'm trying to go back as close to original as I can...finding specific info on the car isn't easy as there were just so few made.
    I mixed the engine green paint to be as close to some of the original I found left on the oil pan. someone had painted the engine blue at some point. I've heard that the 4CVs were all tan the first few years because they had tons of tan tank paint after the war. I'm guess that the green engine paint was what was available at the time. Here in the US we didn't have the destruction of all our factories as they did in Europe...I'm sure they had to use what was available to them at the time until factories were rebuilt

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    Quote Originally Posted by geckoeng View Post
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    Sunroof !!! the heads were only green, because when they came out of the engine shop some big French Lug waved a spray gun full of green paint at it. They look far better in clean Aluminium, and polished copper push rod tubes.

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    Looks better maybe, just maybe, depends how original you want to be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zuffen View Post
    Wayne Carini on Chasing Classic Cars owned one for a while.

    If you track down the appropriate episode you may be able to glean some visual information from there.

    Whilst not a fan of Wayne he does seem to get cars back to factory original.
    They have featured a couple of times in the series. He has traded another two or three as well from memory. There was one Ep that featured two in the one show.
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    Thanks 8&10...I'll see if I can find a way to get in touch with him. Maybe through the show's web page.
    I got a few more things done on the car today...having to fabricate a few things here and there.
    Should be able to drive it soon. I'm still looking for some parts that should be 4CV things that my USA parts guy doesn't have...if there are some places that keep 4CV parts I'd like to know about them. Mostly little things like the tag light gasket and so fourth.
    a few more pics too. The dirty cast iron lump of a motor...the autographed in gasket shelac steering rack (C.M. I'm thinking Claude Monet?)
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    I like this, nice detail.


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    Wayne runs F40 Motorsport in Connecticut (Hartford it think) but they have a website with phone number etc
    For parts, try Jacques Rear Engine Renault parts in California
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    Thanks 8&10 I found their website...I'll try and get in touch with him. I've been getting my parts from Jacques. He's been very helpful as well.

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