Vintage 1980s Minijet Norev Renault 4L

Vintage 1980s Minijet Norev Renault 4L.

Presenting a VERY RARE Vintage 1980s Minijet Norev Renault 4L.

Die cast metal…

The Set includes:

Vintage 1980s Minijet Norev Renault 4L

  • Norev is a French manufacturer of diecast metal model cars. traditionally based in Villeurbanne, a suburb of Lyon. It has normally produced modern and vintage European vehicles, especially those of French origin – though Italian, German, British, and American vehicles were also produced. Norev’s closest competition was Solido, but that company had more pan-European influence, while Norev was more national in orientation.
  • The first diecast metal Norev models appeared about 1965 (Gardiner and O’Neill 1996, 64-65,86). Later, the famous ‘Jet-Car’ series, appeared in 1971. These were hierarchically labeled the ‘600’, ‘700’, and ‘800’ series, sequentially as discussed above, according to cost. The ‘600’ line was cheaply made and production soon stopped. The HO scale line was discontinued, but in the late 1970s, Force says that 1:66 scale Schucos appeared as a Norev line (the Mini-Jet series). The Mini-Jets were lauded for good castings while criticized for cheap plastic interiors and poor packaging (Rixon 2005, p.¬†55). Also, a Maxi-Jet line consisted mainly of trucks.

    Norev’s main competition in the 1960s and 1970s was Solido, though Norev’s offerings and approach to the market was somewhat more toy oriented, while Solido appealed more to older collectors. For example, Norev wheel designs were often simple, compared to the very accurate designs of Solido. Norev wheels were particularly generic and toy-like during the ‘Jet Car’ era when manufacturers everywhere were mimicking Mattel’s thin axle Hot Wheels. Even early on Norev cars had cost-saving plastic bases while many others manufacturers were still making bases in diecast metal (Gardiner and O’Neill 1996, 64-65). Nevertheless, Norev’s cars were usually of excellent detail and proportion compared to real vehicles. One work that catalogs the extent and detail of Norev offerings was Le Monde Fantastique du Norev authored (in French) by Didier Beaujardin (2005).


Our entire Collection of Vintage Toy Cars, Trains, Model Buildings and everything for the train enthusiast, railfan or ferroequinologist was acquired by us from the Estate of a Private Collector in Texas, who amassed his enormous collection over the 1970’s and 1980’s. He had dedicated an entire room of his house to his train collection. He had assembled and built an entire ‘City’ to accompany his collection. He died in 1994 and his collection remained ‘untouched’ until we acquired it in its entirety. Once cleaned, the collection was in MINT condition.

NOTE: We have not tested any of the trains and cannot vouch or warrant for their working condition. We were informed by the personal representative in the Estate that everything was working perfectly up to the death of the owner, and as previously indicated have remained ‘untouched’ since then.

Vintage 1980s Minijet Norev Renault 4L.

Provenance: From a Private Collector.


¬†” long, ¬† ” tall and ¬† ¬†” wide

Condition: Near Mint.

Price Now: $24.99

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