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1900 Renault C3.
May 1901.
1902. Voiturette Winner.
1902. Single-seater, Single-cylinder, 10 h.p. Reg No: 77L17. Photo at the 2009 LBVCR.
January 1903. Renault 4 cylinder engine.
May 1903. Renault 30 h.p. with Marcel Renault.
Rear entrance tonneau, Single-cylinder, 3.5 h.p. Reg No: AM 82 44. Photo at the 2009 LBVCR.
February 1905.
Landaulet. From Motors and Motor-driving. Published in 1906.
1906 Q4. 14hp.
April 1908.
April 1908. Advert in French.
1909. Aero-motor.
1909. 25-hp 4-cylinder aero-motor.
1909. 25-hp 4-cylinder aero-motor.
1909. 8-cylinder aero-motor.
1909. 45-hp 4-cylinder aero-motor.
1909 Renault AG 'Taxi de la Marne' 1,204cc. Exhibit at World of Country Life
1909. 50 hp motor.
July 1910.
August 1912.
December 1912.
1922. Renault Petrol Locomotive.
June 1923. 8.3 hp.
October 1923.
October 1923. Models, prices and specifications.
March 1924
Model NN. 8.9-hp. 951cc. Open Tourer. Reg No: DS 6555.
Model NN. 8.9-hp. 951cc. Open Tourer. Reg No: DS 6555.
September 1925.
September 1925.
September 1925.
August 1926. Record-breaking Renault.
November 1926. Models 9/15 and 14/45.
February 1928
February 1928.
October 1929. Renault Monastella.
October 1929.
1930. Renault Reinastella. 8-cylinders. 7125cc. Exhibit at the Manoir de L'Automobile, Loheac.
March 1930. 30 cwt lorry.
May 1930.
October 1931. Speed-Six and Speed-Four.
March 1932. Ten Four Saloon.
October 1933.
October 1936.
December 1937.
January 1939.
March 1945.
October 19 1946.4 H.P. with Rear Engine.
October 1949. 4CV. Rear engine.
October 1955. Fregate.
December 1955. Model 750.
February 1956. Fregate.
1959. Model 4CV. Reg No: WYX 49. Exhibit at the Dover Transport Museum.
October 1962. Renault R8.
October 1962.
1965. Renault Estafette 800. Reg No: CER 302C.
1965. Renault Estafette 800 (detail). Reg No: CER 302C.
Renault LA5678.

of Billancourt, Seine, France

of 21 Pall Mall, London, SW (1914)

of Western Avenue, Acton, London


Producing cars since late 1898, the Renault corporation was founded in 1899 as Société Renault Frères by Louis Renault, his brothers Marcel Renault and Fernand Renault, and his friend Thomas Evert.

Louis was a bright, aspiring young engineer who had already designed and built several models before teaming up with his brothers, who had honed their business skills working for their father's textiles firm. While Louis handled design and production, Marcel and Fernand handled company management.

1898 Company founded.

1904 Private company formed as Renault Freres Ltd in the UK.

1906 Produced 8-9 h.p., 10-14 h.p. (these two smaller models used two-cylinder engines), 10-14 h.p., 14-20 h.p., 20-30 h.p. and 35-45 h.p. (these four larger models had four cylinder engines) models. [1]

1911 Company name changed.

1913-1917 For a list of the models and prices see the 1917 Red Book.

1914 Automobile manufacturers. [2]

1950 Site at Acton is now 12 acres and assembles cars from components made at Billancourt.

1951 Exhibitor at the 1951 Motor Show in the Car Section.

1961 Producers of Dauphine and Floride. Motor car manufacturers. 545 employees.

1962 Acton factory ceased production.

1963 Exhibitor at the 1951 Motor Show. Importer. [3]

1980 Renault produced more than two million vehicles for the first time, and was the only major European or American motor company to raise production.[4]

Early Registrations

Car Models

See Roadway Autocar Co.

  • 1920 Renault the French maker developed a massive range of cars, heavy duty trucks, vehicles to cross the Sahara desert, PSVs and rail-cars.


  • Towards the late 1920s, coaches of a normal and forward-control layout were developed. These were built with considerable speed and they were shown in Britain by Sir Henry Segrave.
  • 1925 Blue Bird Motors bought a 26 seater bus which had a coal-scuttle bonnet, pneumatic tyres and servo-assisted four wheel brakes.
  • In 1928 two six cylinder normal-control Renaults were supplied to Rothbury and Morpeth.


See Renault: Tractors

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Automobile Vol. III. Edited by Paul N. Hasluck and published by Cassell in 1906.
  2. 1914 Whitakers Red Book
  3. 1963 Motor Show
  4. The Engineer 1981/05/28