Renault Type A Voiturette 1898
In 1897, Louis Renault, at the age of 19, was working as technical draftsman at Delauney-Belleville. He was a passionate for mechanics and very much interested by the newly appearing automobile. He decided to build his own car in a small workshop he arranged at the back of the family property in Boulogne-Billancourt. When the car was completed, by Christmas 1898, he invited some friends for a first drive in Paris and they set, particular to climb the Rue Lepic near Montmartre. His friends were so impressed that they ordered a similar car for themselves. A few of them provided with down-payment and Louis Renault decided to create the Société Renault Frères and started small production of the Type A.
On August 22st 1899 Louis Renault and his brother Marcel lined up the Type A alongside a staggering array of other machines for the start of the Paris-Trouville road race. They went on to collect first and second places in the Amateur Drivers' Cup classification.
Specifications: Engine single cylinder De Dion 273 cc, 1,75 hp, air cooled with automatic admission valve. Propulsion by rear axle with 3-speed gearbox + reverse, Brakes on rear wheels and on propeller shaft. Top speed 32 kph. Dimensions: length 186 cm, width 110 cm, unladen weight 200 kg.
wallpaper of the Renault Type A Voiturette 1898