1910 Renault AX 8hp Four Seat Tourer Registration no. DS 7585 Chassis no. 23681 Engine no. 5284
There are few cars which within veteran car owners' circles command the respect of the Renault AX. These twin cylinder 8hp cars consistently demonstrate their reliability in Club events organised by both the V.C.C. and Renault Frères Club, the AX models holding station quite well motoring alongside four-cylinder counterparts and generally arriving at coffee and lunch stops in time for the early pickings. The secret lies in their simplicity of design and construction, the engine design being attributable to Viet, brother-in-law to Georges Bouton. Offered with fixed ignition and a simple to use three speed gearbox, the AX is conventional to drive in every way. The success of the model is demonstrated by a long production run which continued until the outbreak of hostilities in 1914. The model has survived in large numbers as evidenced by the new Members Handbook and List of Cars published by the Veteran Car Club of Great Britain. A further attraction of AX ownership lies in the extremely active Renault Frères Club which not only organises excellent events in the U.K. and France but also offers an invaluable spares service to Renault owners.
Unusually this Renault AX carries four-seater side entrance tourer coachwork the vast majority of AX models are two seaters. The coachwork is of more recent manufacture in period style and carries a body plate from Carrosserie Automobile Salin & Cie of 44 Rue Caucey, Paris this plate perhaps coming from this car's original coachwork. The car is attractively finished in Renault's black and yellow livery and furnished with black pleated upholstery. Well equipped for touring, the car has a two-piece folding windscreen and hood and is equipped with Lucas 724 oil side lamps, a H&B acetylene projector headlamp no.95 and a brass bulb horn. The car retains its original Renault carburettor and spark is provided by a Bosch magneto. Lubrication is provided by a dashboard oiler with four sight glasses and this car carries a most useful auxiliary petrol tank on the dashboard useful both as a reserve and for tackling the steeper gradients. This car is fitted with wire wheels with later wellbase 19inch rims. The car is VCC dated and carries Dating Plate no.1834. It is licenced to June 2012 and comes with a Swansea V5C registration document, photocopies of extracts from a contemporary instruction book and VCC Dating Certificate no.1834.