let everyone drive
At the close of the Second World War, Renault realized that a new clientele may be interested in its cars. So it decided to offer simple models, easy to maintain and drive, so that chauffeurs were no longer needed. The first car of this type was Renault 10 CV Type GS (1920), which evolved into Type IG then Type II.
Renault Type II presented several interesting features. First of all, the gearbox, the transmission shaft and the axle were joined together without any mechanical (universal joints) or flexible (flectors) articulation. In addition, the rear suspension was achieved by a single transverse leaf spring. The model was offered in several versions.
The sounds of Renault Type II take us back some 100 years.
The Type II van version presented here is in the colours of Felix Potin, the name of the famed grocer who opened his first store in 1844 in Paris. The retail name disappeared in 1995, after having graced up to 1,300 stores. The sales methods employed by this brand included a home delivery service introduced in 1870, first using horse-drawn carts then motor cars (with support from Renault Type II) serving 217 areas of the Paris region.
Renault offered Type II in a variety of different body options: closed cabin, saloon, cabriolet, landaulet, torpedo and van. Furthermore, note that the vans appeared in the Renault range in 1900, with a Type C van. This version was the first of a continuous series of Renault utility vehicles.
- Performance and engine
4 cylinders inline
2120 cc - 10 HP
3-speed gearbox + reverse
- dimensionsLength 4,01 mWidth 1,75 mHeight 2,12 m
front engine, rear-wheel drive
bodywork positioned on a separate chassis
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