Same family ownership since 1969 ,1939 Renault Viva Grand Sport  Chassis no. 930988

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Lot 356
Renault Viva Grand Sport cabriolet 1939

€ 90,000 - 130,000
US$ 100,000 - 140,000
Renault Viva Grand Sport cabriolet 1939
Châssis n° 930988

•Rare modèle haut de gamme décapotable
•Dans la même famille depuis 1969
•Restaurée
•Récemment presentée dans le magazine Rétroviseur
•Immatriculée en France

La luxueuse Viva Grand Sport de Renault fut dévoilée au Salon de Paris en 1934, la production démarrant avec un modèle remanié en 1935. Première Renault à s'affranchir des marchepieds, les modèles Grand Sport arboraient des lignes souples et fuselées – influencées par celles de la Lincoln Zephyr – bien en phase avec les préoccupations d'efficacité aérodynamique du moment. De fait Renault qualifiait sa gamme Grand Sport d'hyperaérodynamique. Conçue pour séduire les classes moyennes fortunées, la Viva Grand Sport était disponible en deux empattements et recevait un six cylindres en ligne à soupapes latérales de 4, 1 litres développant une puissance maximale de 95 ch à 3 000 tr/min. La direction se faisait par crémaillère, la boîte comptait trois rapports et on trouvait des amortisseurs hydrauliques aux quatre roues.

Cet élégant cabriolet Renault Viva Grand Sport n'a connu que trois propriétaires et appartient à la même famille depuis 1969. La voiture a été vendue neuve en 1939 à un avocat bien connu de l'avenue Foch à Paris et fut apparemment abandonnée en 1940 à Nogent-le-Rotrou pendant la débâcle qui suivit l'invasion allemande.

En 1969, la voiture fut achetée par Jean Desgardins (le père de l'actuel propriétaire) directeur du département « Ancêtres et classiques » du Club des Amateurs d'Anciennes Renault (CAR). Ramener la voiture de Nogent-le-Rotrou à Paris n'alla pas sans difficultés, le moteur cassant à 40 km de la capitale. Jean Desgardins trouva un moteur identique chez un casseur et reconstruisit le bloc de la voiture en utilisant les meilleurs éléments des deux engins. La voiture appartient aujourd'hui aux fils de Jean, Bruno et Luc Desgardins.

Entre 2005 et 2016, la voiture a été restaurée, le plus gros du travail étant effectué par Automobiles d'Antan à Châtillon, près de Paris, et par la Carrosserie Lecoq. L'intérieur et l'extérieur ont été entièrement rénovés – sellerie, chromes, capote, etc... - tandis que le moteur était entièrement démonté et reconstruit en 2014 et que le système électrique était rénové simultanément. Pour un montant total de 47 200 €, les factures comprennent notamment celles du moteur (11 455 €) et une autre pour l'électricité (6 728, 93 €). Se présentant en excellent état général avec un historique bien documenté, cette rare et belle voiture est vendue avec les factures de restauration mentionnées ci-dessus, sa carte grise française et son contrôle technique (valide jusqu'en 2019) ainsi qu'un article élogieux de huit pages paru dans le numéro de décembre 2016 du magazine Rétroviseur.

1939 Renault Viva Grand Sport Cabriolet
Chassis no. 930988

•Rare upmarket soft-top model
•Single family ownership since 1969
•Restored condition
•Recently featured in Rétroviseur
•Registered in France

Renault's luxurious Viva Grand Sport was premiered at the 1934 Paris Salon, with manufacture of a much changed production version commencing in 1935. The first Renaults to dispense with running boards, the Grand Sport models boasted sweeping, streamlined styling - inspired by the influential Lincoln Zephyr - reflecting the contemporary preoccupation with aerodynamic efficiency; indeed, Renault described its Grand Sport range as hyperaérodynamique. Intended to appeal to the wealthy middle classes, the Viva Grand Sport was manufactured in two wheelbase lengths and was powered by a 4.1-litre straight-six sidevalve engine developing its maximum of 95bhp at a leisurely 3,000rpm. Steering was by rack-and-pinion, the gearbox was a three-speeder, and there were hydraulic dampers all round.

This stylish Renault Viva Grand Sport Cabriolet has had only three owners and has belonged to the same family since 1969. The car was sold new in 1939 to a well-known lawyer living on Avenue Foch in Paris, but seemingly was abandoned in 1940 in Nogent-le-Rotrou during the flight from the French capital following the German invasion.

In 1969, the car was bought by Jean Desgardins (the current owners' father), who was director of the 'Ancetres et Classiques' section of the Club des Amateurs d'Anciennes Renault (CAR). Bringing the car back to Paris from Nogent-le-Rotrou was not without difficulty, as the engine failed some 40 kilometres from home. Jean Desgardins eventually found a similar engine in a breaker's yard, and built the unit currently in the car using the best components from the two at his disposal. The Grand Sport belongs now to Jean's sons: Bruno and Luc Desgardins.

Between 2005 and 2016, the car was restored, with most of the work done by Automobiles d'Antan of Châtillon near Paris and Carosserie Lecoq. The interior and exterior have been fully refurbished - upholstery, brightwork, soft-top, etc - while the engine was completely dismantled and rebuilt in 2014, and the electrics renewed at the same time. Totalling €47,200, the related bills include one for the engine (€11,455) and another for the electrics (€6,728.93). Presented in generally excellent condition and possessing a well-documented history, this rare and beautiful car is offered with the aforementioned restoration bills; French Carte Grise and Contrôle Technique (valid until 2019); and a highly complimentary eight-page article in the December edition of Rétroviseur magazine.
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Same family ownership since 1969 ,1939 Renault Viva Grand Sport  Chassis no. 930988
Same family ownership since 1969 ,1939 Renault Viva Grand Sport  Chassis no. 930988
Same family ownership since 1969 ,1939 Renault Viva Grand Sport  Chassis no. 930988
Same family ownership since 1969 ,1939 Renault Viva Grand Sport  Chassis no. 930988
Same family ownership since 1969 ,1939 Renault Viva Grand Sport  Chassis no. 930988
Same family ownership since 1969 ,1939 Renault Viva Grand Sport  Chassis no. 930988
Same family ownership since 1969 ,1939 Renault Viva Grand Sport  Chassis no. 930988
Same family ownership since 1969 ,1939 Renault Viva Grand Sport  Chassis no. 930988
Same family ownership since 1969 ,1939 Renault Viva Grand Sport  Chassis no. 930988
Same family ownership since 1969 ,1939 Renault Viva Grand Sport  Chassis no. 930988
Same family ownership since 1969 ,1939 Renault Viva Grand Sport  Chassis no. 930988
Same family ownership since 1969 ,1939 Renault Viva Grand Sport  Chassis no. 930988
Same family ownership since 1969 ,1939 Renault Viva Grand Sport  Chassis no. 930988
Same family ownership since 1969 ,1939 Renault Viva Grand Sport  Chassis no. 930988
Same family ownership since 1969 ,1939 Renault Viva Grand Sport  Chassis no. 930988
Same family ownership since 1969 ,1939 Renault Viva Grand Sport  Chassis no. 930988
Same family ownership since 1969 ,1939 Renault Viva Grand Sport  Chassis no. 930988
Same family ownership since 1969 ,1939 Renault Viva Grand Sport  Chassis no. 930988
Same family ownership since 1969 ,1939 Renault Viva Grand Sport  Chassis no. 930988
Same family ownership since 1969 ,1939 Renault Viva Grand Sport  Chassis no. 930988
Same family ownership since 1969 ,1939 Renault Viva Grand Sport  Chassis no. 930988
Same family ownership since 1969 ,1939 Renault Viva Grand Sport  Chassis no. 930988
Same family ownership since 1969 ,1939 Renault Viva Grand Sport  Chassis no. 930988
Same family ownership since 1969 ,1939 Renault Viva Grand Sport  Chassis no. 930988
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