Renault’s first voiturette (small compact car in French) was designed and built by Louis Renault for his personal use and was not originally intended for sale.
Louis Renault at 19 was working as a draughtsman with a firm called Delaunay-Belleville. This keen amateur mechanic fascinated by the emergence of motor transport set up a little workshop in a garden shed at the family home in Boulogne-Billancourt and set about building a simple little car.
In the winter of 1898 before Christmas the building of his voiturette was over and so Louis Renault invited a few friends to see how it would tackle the steep climb at Rue Lepic in the Montmartre district of Paris. Impressed by this car's performance, several of his friends were keen to get one for themselves and few even made a down payment on the spot. Two months later, the automobile manufacturing company Renault Frères was founded and the story of Renault began.
This lightweight car had many of the features of modern automobile engineering such as front-mounted engine, transmission by shaft with universal joint, and a direct-drive gearbox. After improving few more areas, the car Type A was launched in the summer of 1899.
|- Licensed product|
|- Material: ZAMAC (zinc alloy), Rubber and Plastic|
|- Premium collectible|
|- Moving wheels|
|- Non-opening bonnet, boot and doors|
|- On plinth (platform base) and plexiglas hard-display case|
|Box Dimension (in inches)||6 x 3 x 3|