1909 RenaulT 8hp AX Tourer  Chassis no. 17865 Engine no. 5283

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1909 RenaulT 8hp AX Tourer
Registration no. BF 5993 Chassis no. 17865 Engine no. 5283

Sold for £ 23,000 (US$ 28,820) inc. premium
1909 RenaulT 8hp AX Tourer
Registration no. BF 5993
Chassis no. 17865
Engine no. 5283

Footnotes

  • The company that would become France's biggest automobile manufacturer was founded by Louis Renault and his brothers Marcel and Fernand in 1898. From the outset Renault engineering was of the highest quality. By 1904 Renault was building its own engines: large-capacity fours at first followed by the AX twin that later developed into the AG, famous for its WWI role as the 'Taxi de la Marne'. Powered by a 1,100cc twin-cylinder engine of 8hp and featuring the 'coal scuttle' bonnet and rear-mounted radiator that would characterise Renaults until the late 1920s, the AX arrived at a time when the motor car was beginning to gain a measure of respectability. The unreliability of early cars had provided good cause for public scepticism but the advent of the AX ushered in a new era. Here was an easy-to-drive car of simple design, whose mechanical workings even a technically illiterate layman might begin to understand. The water-cooled twin with its mechanically operated valves was simple and robust, while the three-speed gearbox was easy to master. For so small a car the AX possessed unparalleled flexibility between 5mph and 35mph in top gear, clinging to that gear on all but the steepest gradients.

    Formerly part of the celebrated Sharpe Collection, this particular AX comes with a Veteran Car Club dating and identification report containing details of factory records showing its import to the UK in 1909. The report also contains copies of factory brochures, etc. The car also has a full VCC dating certificate and dating plaque. Records held by the Renault Frères Club show that it was originally purchased by one R J Dickinson before passing to John Walker of Dumfries and then the Sharpe Collection.

    The original registration number 'V 843' is still attached to the car, although the DVLA have now issued the registration 'BF 5993'. We are advised that enquiries made with the DVLA indicate that with further research and evidence the original registration number may be retrieved. Since its acquisition by the current owner in 2005, the car has been re-commissioned from its museum storage and is in full working order. It is nicely patinated, with an original hood fitted. This car is eligible for many events arranged by the Veteran Car Club of GB and also the popular Renault Frères club. Accompanying paperwork consists of the aforementioned documentation, a V5 registration document, and a copy of the car's entry in the Sharpe Collection auction catalogue.
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1909 RenaulT 8hp AX Tourer  Chassis no. 17865 Engine no. 5283
1909 RenaulT 8hp AX Tourer  Chassis no. 17865 Engine no. 5283
1909 RenaulT 8hp AX Tourer  Chassis no. 17865 Engine no. 5283
1909 RenaulT 8hp AX Tourer  Chassis no. 17865 Engine no. 5283
1909 RenaulT 8hp AX Tourer  Chassis no. 17865 Engine no. 5283
1909 RenaulT 8hp AX Tourer  Chassis no. 17865 Engine no. 5283
1909 RenaulT 8hp AX Tourer  Chassis no. 17865 Engine no. 5283
1909 RenaulT 8hp AX Tourer  Chassis no. 17865 Engine no. 5283
1909 RenaulT 8hp AX Tourer  Chassis no. 17865 Engine no. 5283
1909 RenaulT 8hp AX Tourer  Chassis no. 17865 Engine no. 5283
1909 RenaulT 8hp AX Tourer  Chassis no. 17865 Engine no. 5283
1909 RenaulT 8hp AX Tourer  Chassis no. 17865 Engine no. 5283
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