- Hammond, IL
- 1 month
Commercial Space✔ Studio Bedroom
Louis renault, an aspiring engineer who had become bored with his work in the button-making business, built his first motorcar in a small workshop behind his father's home in 1898. He designed the chassis for his tiny voiturette himself, built it out of tubular steel, and fitted a de dion bouton engine of 1 � horsepower. The car worked quite well, the tiny 43" wheelbase chassis featuring the engine up front and a clever shaft and bevel gear arrangement to drive the rear axle. Louis teamed up with his brothers marcel and ferdinand who had both gained experience working in their father's textile business and in 1899, soci�t� renault fr�res was established, with louis handling the engineering and his brothers the business. Their first car, a 1cv voiturette was sold to a friend of renault's father - thus planting the seed of what would become one of the greatest french marques in history and a global powerhouse. Renault would go on to produce a vast array of motorcars in the early 20th century. Motorsport competition was always a priority; however the company did not limit itself to building strictly high-performance machines. Renault would supply cars to virtually every facet of french society. By 1907, renault had become the largest automobile manufacturer in france, and experienced prolific growth with hugely popular models such as the ax, a twin-cylinder light two-seater. The semi-commercial ag would become the standard for parisian taxis for years. Following world war i, the nn (also known as the 6 cv for its tax class) would appear as one of a series of models intended to replace the ax. The nn was typically a hard working family saloon, so this compact but well-proportioned limousine is somewhat of an anomaly. Bob sullivan of olympia, washington who acquired the little renault in the 1990s, the car was designed to be used by a hollywood studio to showcase child stars when transporting them to publicity events. We have yet to confirm this, though the car's diminutively proportioned yet elegantly styled coachwork certainly lend a good deal of credibility to the story. The driver's compartment is open, with a tall but delicate nickel frame windscreen. The passenger compartment is lavishly decorated with wicker cane panels, a nickel roof rack (adorned with a wonderful period wicker suitcase), nickel carriage lamps, and a split divider window that features two separate opening panes. It retains a certain "people's car" charm as the carriage windows open and close with simple straps rather than complex regulators, and the passenger compartment, trimmed in tan fabric is elegant and comfortable yet simple. The quality of the presentation is very good, with the older restoration performed by hillcrest motor company of los angeles having taken on a moderate patina. It is not over restored, and the paintwork remains in very good order, with minimal blemishes and good quality detailing. Caning on the rear panels is excellent, with no signs of peeling or damage. In mechanical terms, this renault is in very good order, with the engine running well and nicely presented in the engine bay, in keeping with the mellowed nature of the restoration. The intriguing history, rare and finely crafted coachwork, and copious amounts of charm combine to make this adorable renault nn a most desirable collector piece.
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