Renault 4CV PIE Police de la Prefecture de Paris 1955 Reserved Parking Only Sign
Renault 4CV PIE Police de la Prefecture de Paris 1955 Aluminum Parking Sign
Being the first French modern car after the war, the 4CV appeared as a Police car in 1955. At the time, except for the Citroen Traction Avant and mostly driven by detectives, the police did not a park of police cars, and depended mostly on trucks and bicycles. As soon as 1952, the Parisian police director, Mr. Gobin selected the 4CV for his new fleet of police cars. The Parisian coachbuilder Currus, already known for its Citroen HY van the “panier a Salade”, designed the unfamous vehicle. Modifications to the production version included cutaway door windows, for easy access and body signage, as well as enabling the use of firearms when required, suppression of the B pillar and a tuned and more powerful engine to facilitate the pursuit of fleeing criminals. Additional equipment included a short-wave radio and flashing lights, and the 'PP' (Prefecture of Police) 4CVs were painted in distinctive black and white livery, hence their nickname 'pie' (magpie). Following successful tests of the prototype, the first batch of 16 4CVs was delivered in March 1955. Compact, manoeuvrable and fast, the modified 4CVs proved to be the ideal vehicles for policing the crowded roads of the French capital. Soon after, Renault treated the police department to lift the car’s warranty following the B pillar’s modification. The remaining 60 4CVs had standard bodies delivered and conserved the B pillar. Because of this, all the original police cars were later crushed… almost all but 2 or 3! The first one was send to New York for an official presentation in 1959. NYPD was looking for a small and agile little car, capable of squeezing through traffic. The car was equipped with a siren and a red light on top of the roof. The car received a great success from he officials and was sent all the way to San Francisco for further presentation. The 4CV was left behind as a souvenir, but as today no trace of it could be find. The second was found in a private collection in Germany. After an intensive research it appeared that the guy bought 2 4CV to the Boulogne-Billancourt movie studios. The cars were bought directly from the Parisian police department and are featured in several movies as “Porte des Lillas” or “the Pink Panther”. As today, it is the only original Renault 4CV Pie that has survived.
Make it clear: Your Renault 4CV PIE Police de la Prefecture de Paris 1955 deserve a reserved parking spot in your garage! Just like the real street signs, our signs are quality made of .025" Aluminum that will not rust, crack or break and are UV protected for outdoor use and durability. The sign has rounded corner and two 1/4 inch pre-drilled holes on top and bottom for easy display. Ideal for home, garage, office, workshop, Man cave, private roadways or anywhere you fill you deserve a special parking or deco spot, and they make the ideal gift for any car enthusiast. They are available in two sizes 12" X 18" (305 X 457 mm) or 8" X 12" (203 X 305 mm) to suit your need and space. Renault 4CV PIE Police de la Prefecture de Paris 1955 Parking Only Sign.
Available in two sizes: 12" X 18" (305 X 457 mm) or 8" X 12" (203 X 305 mm)
Two 1/4 inch pre-drilled holes on top and bottom
UV protected for outdoor use and durability
This product is made in the USA
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