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Little Classics News: 2 February 2016

Renault Heritage Cars Confirmed for Rétromobile

Renault 40CV

Renault are putting forward a classic collection at the 2016 edition of Salon Rétromobile, to be held from 3-7 February at the Parc des Expositions in Paris, as it offers visitors the opportunity to retrace more than 115 years of sporting passion.

Renault Classic’s 700 square-metre stand will feature an impressive array of vehicles illustrating the diversity of the brand’s motorsport heritage:

The 1926 record-breaking 40 CV (above): During the 1920s, every self-respecting car manufacturer found itself locked in an all-out race to establish new records – a fashion that was encouraged by the construction of new speed circuits. In France, the Montlhéry banked circuit – built in 1924 – set the stage for many a confrontation, with many going down to the wire. Renault was among the front-runners in this ongoing rivalry, relying primarily upon its 40 CV flagship model which was powered by an enormous engine with more than 9,000cc.

In 1926, Robert Plessier and Ellery Garfield, the engineers in charge of the project, unleashed upon the ring a particularly streamlined 40 CV, with a single-seat body and the radiator positioned behind the engine. The car covered 50 miles at a speed of 118mph and completed 24 hours at an average speed of 107mph.

The car on display is an exact replica of the record-breaking vehicle, produced in the 1970s.

Other classic cars include:

  • The 1930s Nervasport
  • The 4CV that stunned in the 1951 Le Mans 24 Hours
  • The 1956 Étoile Filante (Shooting Star
  • The N°65 Dauphine of 1958
  • The Group 5 Renault 17 from 1972
  • The 1978 Le Mans-winning A442B
  • The 1978 Group 2 Renault 5 Alpine
  • The Marreau brothers’ Renault 20 from 1982
  • Alain Prost’s 1983 RE40 Formula 1 car
  • The 1988 Renault 21 ‘Superproduction’ touring car


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