From its second car, Renault focused on passenger comfort by offering one of the world’s very first saloon cars. Following on from Renault Type A, Type B was the fruit of a collaboration with the coachbuilder Labourdette developed in 1900.
With the coachbuilder Labourdette, Renault developed a closed body (similar to the bodies of hansom cabs) and fitted it to Type B. The brand's second model benefited from Type A’s technical advancements, including the direct-drive gearbox, a system patented by Louis Renault for greater efficiency and quieter operation.
In 1900, the sound of car horns and engines could be heard on the streets of Paris, alongside the neighing of the horses.
It would seem that Renault Type B was never actually marketed. The only traces left for posterity are rare photos of the time that prove that the model existed. The Type B in the Renault collection is a faithful reconstruction based on these photo archives.
- Performance and engine
approximately 45 km/h
De Dion Bouton 4-stroke,
450 cm3, 2.75 hp
- dimensionsLength 1,90 mWidth 1,15 mHeight 1,80 m
Rear-wheel drive transmission
3-speed (direct-drive) + reverse gearbox