1921 Renault Type JP 45hp 9.1 litre Open Drive Limousine 101100
Lot 283
1921 Renault Type JP 45hp 9.1 litre Open Drive Limousine Chassis no. 101100 Engine no. 130
Sold for £ 41,100 (US$ 53,232) inc. premium

Lot Details
1921 Renault Type JP 45hp 9.1 litre Open Drive Limousine
Chassis no. 101100
Engine no. 130
1921 Renault Type JP 45hp 9.1 litre Open Drive Limousine 101100 1921 Renault Type JP 45hp 9.1 litre Open Drive Limousine 101100
Described in their home market as the “Quarante Chevaux” or the 40CV, the elephantine 9.1 litre Model JP Renault was rated in both Britain and the U.S. as 45hp. The massive six-cylinder car was really built in the true Edwardian manner although its sheer size and 90mph performance ensured that there were few cars to match it on the open road. Its production run was to continue until 1928 or so by which time its appearance was looking somewhat antiquated. Its outstanding claim to fame, apart from utter reliability and size, lies in the fact that a lightweight, streamlined saloon JP became the first car to average over 100mph for 24 hours. Celebrated motoring journalist, Ronald ‘Steady’ Barker, owned one of these cars for many years and was famously quoted as reporting that “everything about it has been designed to last for ever.”
This magnificent motoring Leviathan carries open drive limousine coachwork in a style paraded so elegantly in the Bois de Boulogne. The factory coachwork is traditionally liveried in maroon over black with black upholstery to the chauffeur’s compartment and brown cloth upholstery to the rear. The specification of the interior furnishings is to the highest order, including magazine net, electric courtesy lights, silk pulls and passenger straps, wind-down windows to both rear division and doors and vanity set container and watch holder, together with cocktail bottle holders, blinds to the rear window and two fold-out occasional seats. A rear-mounted luggage carrier and roof-top luggage rack provide for the long distance tour while a speaking tube provides a facility for directing the chauffeur to the nearest exclusive hotel. Driving equipment includes wooden artillery wheels, a two-piece opening windscreen, oil opera lamps with blue lenses and electric headlamps. Instrumentation, only the finest, includes Jaeger 0-3,000 rev counter, Jaeger speedometer and odometer, an SEV ammeter and Le Nivex fuel gauge. The massive, six-cylinder, monobloc engine drives through a four-speed gearbox and the steering column controls include three levers for regulating ignition, throttle and choke.
This magnificently elegant motor car, one of the largest-engined production models of its era, was acquired for the Lips Collection from France in 1972. Following a period of museum display the usual careful recommissioning will be required.
Activities
Auction information

This sale is now finished. If you are interested in consigning in future sales, please contact the specialist department. If you have queries about lots purchased in this sale, please contact customer services.

Buyers' Obligations

ALL BIDDERS MUST AGREE THAT THEY HAVE READ AND UNDERSTOOD BONHAMS' CONDITIONS OF SALE AND AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THEM, AND AGREE TO PAY THE BUYER'S PREMIUM AND ANY OTHER CHARGES MENTIONED IN THE NOTICE TO BIDDERS. THIS AFFECTS THE BIDDERS LEGAL RIGHTS.

If you have any complaints or questions about the Conditions of Sale, please contact your nearest customer services team.

Buyers' Premium and Charges

For all Sales categories excluding Wine, Coins & Medals and Motor Cars and Motorcycles:

Buyer's Premium Rates
25% on the first £175,000 of the Hammer Price
20% from £175,001 to £3,000,000 the Hammer Price
12.5% from £3,000,001 of the Hammer Price

VAT at the current rate of 20% will be added to the Buyer's Premium and charges excluding Artists Resale Right.

Payment Notices

For payment information please refer to the sale catalogue.

Shipping Notices

For information and estimates on domestic and international shipping as well as export licences please contact Bonhams Shipping Department.

Similar Items