This invention is effective : after a spectacular climb of rue Lepic in Montmartre in December 1898, the demand is high. Louis, Marcel and Fernand found the Renault Frères company a few months later.
The new brand engages its voiturettes in inter-city races. Louis is responsible for engineering and production. He is highly creative and the diversification is sustained. The new models are identified by the successive letters of the alphabet. K is reached in 1902, S in 1903 and Z in 1905. The death of Marcel in 1903 suspends the sporting ambitions but does not stop the industrial development.
In 1903 a new milestone is reached with the Type N for which Renault Frères use an engine of their own. The N-A and N-B variants are the first for that brand to use a 4-cylinder engine that generates new solutions for the cooling system and the signature sloped nose which will be famous in popular imagery with the Taxis de la Marne. N-C is smaller with only two cylinders.
On November 4 in London, Bonhams sells a Renault N-B 14/20 hp manufactured in 1904, lot 205 estimated £ 250K. Its tonneau body perfectly matches the family use for which this variant was designed.
COMMENT DURING THE SALE
The catalog has been amended stating that this car is a Model U Type B and not a Model N Type B.
SOLD for £ 270K including premium