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.
Renault Type B, more powerful than its big sister Type A, had a 450 cm3, 2.75 hp De Dion-Bouton engine. The hansom cabs of the time were drawn by one or two horses. Type B was therefore, to all intents and purposes, more powerful than the horse-drawn competition. And it could get up to 45 km/h!
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
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