11 Cars Designs from the Belle Epoque to the present day

11 cars from the Belle Epoque to the present day – a vision from the French automaker Renault. Just because we love cars, we added the technical specs for all the cars.

1911 – Renault Type CH

The Renault TYPE CH shares certain design similarities with the horse-drawn vehicles of the 1900s. Featuring a sporty single-phaeton body, the CH has a resolutely athletic air with its short and narrow chassis and boasts the elegance and refinement of a high-end model.

Type CH 1911

Engine 4-cylinder in-line – 5,026 cm3 – 20 nominal hp
Transmission At back wheels, 4-speed gearbox + M.A.
Breaks Hand brakes on back wheels (drum) and foot brakes on driveshaft
Dimensions length 4.5 m – width 1.60 m – weight 1,800 kg
Max Speed approx. 60 km/h

1922 – 40 CV JV TORPEDO

The 40 CV was a turning point in the Renault company’s history. The design, redolent of power and robustness, is combined with all-new technical components such as servo brakes** on all four wheels. This prestigious and high-performance model appealed to crowned heads and motorsport enthusiasts alike, becoming the darling of the Roaring Twenties.

40 CV JV TORPEDO 1922

Engine 6-cylinder in-line – 9,120 cm3 – 42 nominal hp
Transmission At back wheels, 4-speed gearbox + M.A.
Breaks Drum brakes on all 4 wheels with servo brake
Dimensions length 5.20 m – width 1.80 m – weight 2,600 kg
Max Speed 135 km/h

1932 – REINASTELLA (TYPE RM2)

An exceptional model in all respects, the REINASTELLA is undoubtedly one of the most renowned pre-war cars. Successor to the 40 CV and its strong reputation, the REINASTELLA was powered by the first eight-cylinder engine developed at Billancourt and equipped with a number of other technical advantages that made it simply extraordinary. Those qualities made it a huge success with the top coachbuilders of the day, including Binder, Kellner and Letourneur et Marchand, which magnified and further boosted its reputation as a true high-end vehicle.

REINASTELLA (TYPE RM2) 1932

Engine 8-cylinder on-line – 7,125 cm3 – 110 hp
Transmission At back wheels – 4-speed gearbox + M.
Breaks Drum brakes on all 4 wheels with servo brake
Dimensions length 5.40 m – width 1.92 m – weight 2,700 kg
Max Speed 135 km/h

1935 – VIVA GRAND SPORT (TYPE ACX2)

The VIVA GRAND SPORT strikes a balance between the VIVASTELLA family car and the VIVASPORT sports car, achieving a luxurious alchemy of the two. Boasting luxury upholstery, chrome bumpers and a more dynamic design, the swift and svelte cabriolet encapsulates the automotive trends of the time. In much the same vein as the NERVA and VIVA ranges, which with their more rounded design broke with the square and angular styling of previous models, the VIVA GRAND SPORT features an aerodynamic body commensurate with its resolutely sporty style.

VIVA GRAND SPORT (TYPE ACX2) 1935

Engine 6-cylinder on-line – 4,085 cm3 – 95 hp
Transmission At back wheels, 3-speed gearbox + M.A.
Breaks Drum brakes on all 4 wheels with servo brake
Dimensions length 4.70 m – width 1.82 m – weight 2,000 kg
Max Speed 130 km/h

1939 – VIVA GRAND SPORT coupé (TYPE BDV1)

Featuring a magnificent shooting star and paint that has peeled and developed a patina with time. The last version of the VIVA GRAND SPORT, this exceptional model, worth 58,000 francs in 1939, is worth the equivalent of €2.9 million today. The luxurious model with its sharp lines and powerful engine is a little gem, and was raved about in the press of the day.

VIVA GRAND SPORT coupé (TYPE BDV1) 1939

Engine 6-cylinder on-line – 4,086 cm3 – 95 hp
Transmission At back wheels, 3-speed gearbox + M.A.
Breaks Drum brakes on all 4 wheels with servo brake
Dimensions length 4.70 m – width 1.82 m – weight 1,520 kg
Max Speed 136 km/h

1950 – JUVAQUATRE fourgonnette 300 KG (TYPE AHG2)

Renault does not simply have a rich heritage in terms of high-end and grand-tourer vehicles; the brand’s know- how also extends to light commercial vehicles.
While not requiring the refinement of a REINASTELLA or the performance of a RENAULT 5 TURBO, light commercial vehicles still have fully elaborate designs. The model on show at Rétromobile is a fabulous example, adopting the style of the haute-couture company Nina Ricci as published in the advertising brochures of the time.

JUVAQUATRE fourgonnette 300 KG (TYPE AHG2) 1950

Engine 4-cylinder on-line – 1,003 cm3 – 23 hp
Transmission At back wheels, 3-speed gearbox + M.A.
Breaks Hydraulic, drum brakes on all 4 wheels
Dimensions length 3.72 m – width 1.42 m – weight 750 kg
Max Speed approx. 100 km/h

1961 – FLORIDE

In the 1960s, a collaborative effort with the coachbuilders Ghia and Frau resulted in the FLORIDE. Elegant and in tune with its times, the FLORIDE was quick to appeal to the stars of the day, notably Brigitte Bardot, who became the “face” of the model. Designed to please women in particular, it featured bright colors, matching interiors and a refinement that made it a decidedly special car.

FLORIDE 1961

Engine 4-cylinder on-line – 845 cm3 – 40 hp
Transmission At back wheels, 4-speed gearbox + M.A.
Breaks Drum brakes on all 4 wheels
Dimensions length 4.26 m – width 1.58 m – weight 780 kg
Max Speed 125 km/h

1982 – RENAULT 5 TURBO

A true sports car, the RENAULT 5 TURBO amazed by more than performance alone. The legendary 1980s model also marked its era through its elegant styling, sculpted for performance but also for the pleasure of all motorists. The interior design was a further standout feature with an originally-styled dashboard and steering wheel together with upholstery in extremely daring color combinations!

RENAULT 5 TURBO 1982

Engine 4-cylinder on-line – turbocharger – 1,397 cm3 – 160 hp
Transmission At back wheels, 5-speed gearbox + M.A.
Breaks Ventilated discs on all 4 wheels
Dimensions length 3.66 m – width 1.75 m – weight 970 kg
Max Speed 200 km/h

1990 – Concept-car LAGUNA

Bubbling over with creativity and dedicated to driving pleasure and at-the-wheel thrills, the Roadster LAGUNA is an uncompromising concept car. The windscreen-free design harks back to cars from the past in which our great grandparents donned fur coats to protect against the cold and wind.
The concept car’s athletic design made quite a mark, winning the Car Design Award in 1991.

Concept-car LAGUNA 1990

Engine turbocharged 4-cylinder on-line – 1,995 cm3 – 210 hp
Transmission At back wheels, 5-speed gearbox + M.A.
Breaks Ventilated discs on all 4 wheels
Dimensions length 4.11 m – width 1.83 m – weight 900 kg
Max Speed 250 km/h

1995 – Concept-car INITIALE

Breaking with the “biodesign” cues in favor at the time, the INITIALE Concept Car marked Renault’s return to structured styling based on controlled surfaces that is elegant and high-end at the same time. The concept car’s bold shape, inspired by pre-war car design, is an homage to the past and the coachbuilder trade. INITIALE is a wholly new take on the high-end automobile in which omnipresent, thoroughly domesticated technology still remains discreet. Luxury is expressed through refinement, technicity through simplicity, and inventiveness through respect for tradition.

Concept-car INITIALE 1995

Engine V 10-cylinder – 3,500 cm3 – 392 hp
Transmission All-wheel drive system – 6-speed sequential gearbox
Breaks Ventilated discs on all 4 wheels
Dimensions length 4.88 m – width 2.30 m – weight 2,500 kg
Max Speed 306 km/h

2016 – Concept-car TREZOR

TREZOR is an exceptional vehicle, an electric GT previewing the styling direction of future Renault cars. Combining craftsmanship and technology, it previews the ever more refined, connected and pure interiors of future Renault models.

Concept-car TREZOR 2016

Engine 260 kW (350 hp) torque of 380 Nm 300 km NEDC range
Transmission Undisclosed
Breaks Undisclosed
Dimensions length 4.70 m – width 2.18m – weight 1,600 kg
Max Speed Undisclosed – 0 to 100 km/h in < 4 sec

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