luxury and aerodynamics
Nerva grand sport
In the 1930s, the automotive industry was striving for speed and power. The best way to demonstrate and adopt this trend through an aerodynamic design. The Viva and Nerva ranges fully embraced the trend, with bodies that practically cut through the wind. They were first unveiled at the 1934 Paris Motor Show before launching under their “final” name. Thus, Renault Berline Nerva Grand Sport was originally released as Nervastella Grand Sport.
Renault Berline Nerva Grand Sport is part of the Stella lineage, Renault’s high-end range in the 1930s. As a Stella, it is stamped with the shooting star emblem in place of the brand’s iconic diamond. Its wide, enveloping body ensured optimum comfort for passengers. After its launch in 1934, the model would be followed in 1936 by the Renault Nerva Grand Sport ABM 7 range, available in four bodies: coach, cabriolet, coupe and a sedan with a prominent rear boot. In addition to prestige, the ads of the time promised that the cabriolet offered “a new joy for life with a Renault Grand Sport”.
From the 6-cylinder Viva range, Renault went on to develop Nerva, its 8-cylinder range. Few units of its pre-series model, Renault Nervastella Grand Sport, would be produced, as the definitive model, Renault Berline Nerva Grand Sport, was launched the winter following its unveiling at the 1934 Paris Motor Show. Nerva Grand Sport would be Renault’s first 8-cylinder car to be fitted with the brand’s powerful 5.4-litre engine, which pushed the needle past 145 km/h, despite the vehicle’s weight of 2.4 tons!
Listen to the roar of the Renault Berline Nerva Grand Sport’s 8-cylinder engine.
Released in 1936, Nerva Grand Sport was Renault’s last pre-war high-end star model. At the time, the six-seater convertible coach costed 47,000 francs, making it 28,900 francs more expensive than a humble Celtaquatre. The price tag did nothing to dissuade posh consumers. Production of the limited edition Renault Nerva Grand Sport ABM 7 was capped at just 104 units, drawing in big names of the era, such as the great Joséphine Baker.
Renault Berline Nerva Grand Sport embraced the new trend at the time, aerodynamics, with a “futuristic” line (at least for the 1930s!). It provided exceptional usable width, V-shaped grille, sleek wings, rounded built-in headlamps, panels covering the rear wheels, and ventilation for the 8-cylinder engine via six air vents set off by art-deco style vertical chrome details.
104 units for Nerva Grand Sport ABM 7
- Performance and engine
5,448 cc, 115 hp
- dimensionsLength 4.85 mWidth 1.75 mHeight 1.63 m
- Sedan with an enveloping body and substantial usable width
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