The Renault Estafette was a light commercial front-wheel drive van, first introduced in 1959 and made up until 1980. It initially used the water-cooled Renault Ventoux engine, then later a Cléon-Fonte engine. It paved the way for modern-day LCV conversions, being available in a range of body styles.
At launch, the engine, although mounted near the front of the Estafette, was of the same size and output as that fitted to the recently introduced Renault Dauphine. The Estafette's emphasis was always on economy and practicality rather than on power or heavy-duty performance.
Following the launch of the Estafette, Renault became the only auto-maker in the world to simultaneously produce and sell vehicles with all three of the most commonly used drive train configurations, with the front engined front-wheel-drive Estafette, along with various rear-engined rear-wheel drive cars such as the Dauphine and the front-engined rear-wheel-drive Frégate.
The Estafette was replaced by the Trafic in 1980, having sold over 500,000 units.
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