Launched in 1910, Renault Type CH delivered everything a sports car fan could have asked for: a short, straight chassis, and open car body, a large engine (4 cylinder, 5 litres, and 20-horsepower). Despite all these features, Renault Type CH was a light-weight version of Type CE, with sporty DNA to boot.
A Grand Tourer ahead of its time, Renault Type CH stood out mostly for its sporty innovations. It was fitted with a heated carburettor and 4-speed gearbox (with a direct-drive 4th gear for which Louis Renault himself filed the patent). Along with enhanced engine cooling and lubrication systems, Renault Type CH featured a handbrake, on drums attached to rear wheel hubs, and a foot brake, on a drive shaft drum after a gear change.
In the the early 20th century, Renault, along with its more popular ranges, was developing ever-sportier engines. The brand began with a 2-cylinder, then cars like Renault Type CH were being fitted with a mid-sized 4-cylinder, which was becoming the norm in sports cars, until the arrival of the 6-cylinder, marking the beginning of truly prestigious automobiles.
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From 22 January to 3 February 1910, the Boulogne-Billancourt were submerged under the Seine River. At the worst of the flood, waters reached 2.20 metres, and the press wrote, “The factory is used to overcoming adversity. We can safely predict that the powerful Billancourt establishments will be working day and night to resume production.” They were right: it was back to business as usual after 2 months of hard work. Not even the weather could hold back technical progress, and Type CH was designed and launched that same year.
Renault Type CH is remarkable for its range of patented innovations (lubrication, cooling, carburation, and a lighter more solid rear axle), but it has another small yet glaring characteristic: the roof does not cover the rear seats, leaving the poor passengers at the back having to face the elements!
- Performance and engine
Max. speed: 70 km/h
- dimensionsLength 4.60 mWidth 1.55 mHeight 1.52 m
Open car body
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