1912 Renault AX Tourer Project  Chassis no. 575 Engine no. 3385

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Lot 436N
1912 Renault AX Tourer Project
Chassis no. 575 Engine no. 3385

£ 12,000 - 15,000
US$ 15,000 - 19,000
1912 Renault AX Tourer Project
Chassis no. 575
Engine no. 3385

Footnotes

  • Founded by Louis Renault and his brothers Marcel and Fernand in 1898, the company that would become France's biggest automobile manufacturer started humbly enough, with a solitary 1¾hp De Dion-engined prototype, the sprung rear axle of which would soon be copied by many contemporaries. Production at the Billancourt factory was soon under way on a large scale, demand for its products being enhanced by the performance of Renault cars in the great inter-city races so popular in France at the turn of the 19th Century.

    From the outset Renault engineering was of the highest quality and the arrival of multi-cylinder models really put the company on the map. 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, destined to become Renault's pre-WWI best seller, 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, endearing qualities to the novice motorist, and the three-speed gearbox was easy to master. For so small a car the AX possessed unparalleled flexibility between 5mph and 35mph in its uppermost ratio, clinging to that gear on all but the steepest gradients.

    This Renault AX was acquired by the vendor as a rolling chassis around ten years ago, since when a considerable amount of restoration has been accomplished. Works carried out include renovation of the wood-spoked wheels; having the complicated shaft connecting the clutch to the gearbox manufactured professionally; and fabricating the all-important under-tray, essential for Renault cooling systems. Seasoned ash has been used in constructing the two-seater body, which is almost finished, while it should be noted that the transmission lacks a prop shaft. with relatively little work to do and the addition of the seats, this car represents a worthwhile and potentially very rewarding project to revive one of the most collectible small Renaults so popular with VCC and Renault Frères Club. There are no documents with this Lot.
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1912 Renault AX Tourer Project  Chassis no. 575 Engine no. 3385
1912 Renault AX Tourer Project  Chassis no. 575 Engine no. 3385
1912 Renault AX Tourer Project  Chassis no. 575 Engine no. 3385
1912 Renault AX Tourer Project  Chassis no. 575 Engine no. 3385
1912 Renault AX Tourer Project  Chassis no. 575 Engine no. 3385
1912 Renault AX Tourer Project  Chassis no. 575 Engine no. 3385
1912 Renault AX Tourer Project  Chassis no. 575 Engine no. 3385
1912 Renault AX Tourer Project  Chassis no. 575 Engine no. 3385
1912 Renault AX Tourer Project  Chassis no. 575 Engine no. 3385
1912 Renault AX Tourer Project  Chassis no. 575 Engine no. 3385
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