1911 Renault AX 8hp Two-seater  Chassis no. 30612  Engine no. 1597
Lot 315
1911 Renault AX 8hp Two-seater Chassis no. 30612 Engine no. 1597
£ 30,000 - 35,000
US$ 39,000 - 45,000

Lot Details
1911 Renault AX 8hp Two-seater  Chassis no. 30612  Engine no. 1597 1911 Renault AX 8hp Two-seater  Chassis no. 30612  Engine no. 1597 1911 Renault AX 8hp Two-seater  Chassis no. 30612  Engine no. 1597

Footnotes

  • Pioneers in the French motor industry, Renault enjoyed considerable distinction in the early days of motor sport in such notable events as the Paris-Bordeaux and Paris-Vienna races, Marcel Renault's victory in the latter race in 1902 putting the marque firmly on the map. Marcel's death in the notorious 1903 Paris-Madrid race was a serious blow resulting in Louis Renault's withdrawal from motor racing, concentrating on continuing production of well engineered motor cars with engines designed by Viet, brother-in-law to Georges Bouton. The announcement of the twin-cylinder models AX and AG in 1905 heralded perhaps the most commercially successful of all Renault's pre Great War models. Here was a car of simple design, easy to drive and with mechanical features which even a horse groom might begin to understand. The vertical twin-cylinder engine, with mechanically operated valves, was simple and robust, endearing qualities to the novice motorist, and the three-speed gearbox was simplicity itself. The AX offered a comfortable 30mph cruising speed and would tackle with ease all but the severest of gradients, gravity petrol feed being generally the limiting factor on such hills.

    Factory records show that this car was imported to the U.K. in October 1911 and was sold to Renault agents R. J. Dickson on 3rd November that year. Clelland's of Edinburgh were the first agents that Louis Renault appointed outside France and by the 1950s this car was in their ownership – at that time registered SD 912. The original coachwork from this car was removed in the 1950s and fitted to a 1908 Renault AX, also in Clelland's ownership. Renault U.K. Ltd acquired the Clelland business including the majority of parts for this car with the exception of the coachwork. Renault commissioned V.C.C. stalwart the late Ted Woolley to construct replica coachwork, a new bonnet was fabricated in Belgium and in September 1969 Renault took delivery of the restored car which was painted in their company livery of yellow and black. The car was used extensively by Renault for promotion of the marque and was driven by Renault 'guru' John Kemsley to Vienna and has been driven on numerous occasions in its native country in Renault Frères events. This car attended the Cart Marking Ceremony in 1997 at Guildhall in London where the licensing board was branded under the watchful eye of the Lord Mayor, thus allowing this car to ply for hire within the city boundaries! Mechanical work in recent years has included the manufacture and fitting of a new Cardan shaft, replacement rear brake drums and correct type half shafts. This car attended the Renault AX Centenary in France and was actively campaigned for many years in Scottish events.

    The car is well equipped with acetylene headlamps, brass bulb horn, Shell Aviation Spirit petrol can and spare tyre and weather protection is provided by a two-piece folding windscreen by The Capital Screen Co. London and the car is fitted with a practical hood. In more recent years a starter motor has been fitted although we understand this needs attention.

    The car comes with an excellent history file, a quantity of expired MoT certificates and tax discs, various restoration invoices and a Swansea V5C registration document. This car is VCC Dated (Certificate No. 1200).
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