The ex-Gordon G Aselton, one owner since 1963,1912 Renault Type CB Coupe de Ville  Chassis no. 34673 Engine no. 2570
Lot 459
The ex-Gordon G Aselton, one owner since 1963, 1912 Renault Type CB Coupe de Ville
Chassis no. 34673 Engine no. 2570
US$ 125,000 - 135,000
£ 100,000 - 110,000

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The ex-Gordon G Aselton, one owner since 1963,1912 Renault Type CB Coupe de Ville  Chassis no. 34673 Engine no. 2570 The ex-Gordon G Aselton, one owner since 1963,1912 Renault Type CB Coupe de Ville  Chassis no. 34673 Engine no. 2570 The ex-Gordon G Aselton, one owner since 1963,1912 Renault Type CB Coupe de Ville  Chassis no. 34673 Engine no. 2570 The ex-Gordon G Aselton, one owner since 1963,1912 Renault Type CB Coupe de Ville  Chassis no. 34673 Engine no. 2570 The ex-Gordon G Aselton, one owner since 1963,1912 Renault Type CB Coupe de Ville  Chassis no. 34673 Engine no. 2570 The ex-Gordon G Aselton, one owner since 1963,1912 Renault Type CB Coupe de Ville  Chassis no. 34673 Engine no. 2570 The ex-Gordon G Aselton, one owner since 1963,1912 Renault Type CB Coupe de Ville  Chassis no. 34673 Engine no. 2570
The ex-Gordon G Aselton, one owner since 1963
1912 Renault Type CB Coupe de Ville
Coachwork by Kellner of Paris

Chassis no. 34673
Engine no. 2570
The Renault automobile was first produced and marketed in 1899 by automotive pioneer Louis Renault and his brothers. Located west of Paris at Billancourt, the Renault works grew rapidly and by 1912 the firm was producing a variety of models, some of them quite large. All were distinguished by the Renault “coal scuttle” sloping engine cover, positioned ahead of the massive radiator. This famous (and much imitated) “French front” design would characterize Renault vehicles into the late 1920s.

Renault cars enjoyed a global following even before WWI. The larger models, typically bodied by the finest French carrosserie, were considered eminently proper conveyances on the world's most prestigious boulevards. One Renault chassis particularly well suited for town carriage duty was the 1912 Type CB, a 131-inch wheelbase machine powered by a 35-hp L-head 2614cc 4-cylinder engine. (The Renault towncar that went down with the Titanic was a Type CB model.)

Kellner of Paris provided the seven-passenger coupe de ville town-car body for the Type CB offered here. The skills with which that esteemed coachbuilder's artisans hand-crafted automobile bodies is evident even today in the precise fit of this car's doors and the consistency of its panel gaps. The remarkably original rear compartment reflects the precision of Kellner's master trimmers.

The Renault was likely delivered new in the U.S. This conjecture is supported by the car's right-hand drive (standard for U.S. automobiles in 1912) and its accessories—the acetylene headlamps are period-correct Phare Continentals supplied by a NYC vendor and the speedometer an American-made Stewart & Clark device.

The vendor has owned the Renault since 1963. He acquired it from the Rene Dupre —Arrow Bus Lines collection. Gordon G, Aselton, a highly regarded pioneer collector is known to have owned the car during the early 1950s.

In the course of a partial restoration undertaken by the vendor in 1992, the Renault was stripped and refinished. The resulting paintwork now shows some signs of age and use. Rated in very good condition, the rear compartment retains what is probably its Kellner-installed upholstery. The original clock and vanity box are missing.

Retrimmed in the early 1990s, the chauffeur's compartment presently lacks some original trim details—which could yet be replicated, as the original trim panels were retained for patterns. The car's bulb-operated serpent horn appears of later manufacture. As a coupe de ville body, it does retain the folding leather soft top and folding side rails for the chauffeur’s compartment for inclement weather.

The car has recently been started and driven and performed well on the trip for the catalog photography. An eight-piece tool assortment accompanies it and includes a wheel hub wrench and jack. The odometer shows a relatively low mileage and is not warranted to represent the accumulated distance traveled since new.

After nearly a century, this finely crafted French automobile remains remarkably intact and original in its details and fitments. With its sublime originality, gleaming brass and fine woods, this subtly elegant Renault from a bespoke age is sure to delight aficionados appreciative of its exceptional quality.

The Renault is not currently registered and is offered with a Massachusetts title in the vendor's name.

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  • Original door panels,tools and parts accompany this lot
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