After the super success of the van & pick-up truck model Goelette, Renault in 1965 launched a model that could carry a higher payload of over 3 tons. They named it the Super Goelette, a new line of vehicles under the SG series. This new model featured higher ground clearance, telescopic shock absorbers, wide windscreen, etc.
Made initially by Renault, production was handed over to Renault’s group firm Saviem that also manufactured buses and trucks. Saviem made them in several variants and named them SG2 (Super Goelette 2), SG4 (Super Goelette 4) TP3 and SB2. This model was produced until 1980 before Saviem allowed Czech firm Avia to produce these and sell them to the West African states of Ivory Coast, Mauritania and Senegal.
Because of ease in maintenance, the Super Goelette or SG2 was most preferred as taxis in the West African state of Senegal. Vehicles imported were modified as passenger mini-bus that the public called ‘car-rapide’. As competition grew, Taxi fleet operators began to use innovative ways to entice customers. One way of doing it was to ask painters to draw various motifs, objects and write phrases in French or Wolof (local language). Another favourite word seen on almost all the vehicles is the Arabic word Alhamdoulilahi – which means 'Praise be to Allah'.
This metal scale model is an exact rendition of such taxis plying in the capital city of Dakar, Senegal. A rare collectible.
|- Premium collectible|
|- Licensed product|
|- Material: ZAMAC (zinc alloy), Rubber and Plastic|
|- Moving wheels|
|- Non-opening bonnet, boot and doors|
|Box Dimension (in inches)||7 x 4 x 3.5|
|Color||Blue / Yellow|