At the 1924 Paris motor show, Renault Type NN was unveiled as the successor to the small 6 CV first unveiled in 1922 and known as the Type KJ. The first Renault Type NNs still featured the round Renault monogram on their bonnet. While this monogram recalled the brand’ origins, the Renault Type NN heralded a new modern era. It was built at the new Ile Séguin factory in Boulogne-Billancourt, marking Renault’s entry into the realm of chain production and large production volumes.
The Renault NN range, produced from 1924 to 1929, would long be the most popular Renault model. This was largely due to its indefatigable 6 CV engine but also to the variety of body options, with a choice of interior drive, torpedo, faux cabriolet or cabriolet.
The interior of the Renault Type NN was uncluttered to say the least, with only two levers protruding from the floor: one for the handbrake and the other for the gears (with dual clutch). On the dashboard, things were also kept to a minimum with just an ammeter, but there were two removable circles for those who wanted to fit a speedometer and a clock. Can you imagine an optional speedometer these days?
The best way to take a trip back in time is to listen to the sounds of Renault Type NN.
In 1927, the Renault NN1 versions were the first to feature the Renault diamond logo (the first Renault Type NN had the previous Renault monogram). A little later, in 1929, Renault NN2 was characterised by its wider tracks and lower chassis. It would be the final version of Renault Type NN.
In 1927, Frenchman Georges Etienne set off alone at the wheel of his modest Renault Type NN from the Renault plant in Billancourt, headed for the Sahara! He covered 18,000 km in 36 days to arrive in Algiers. By doing so, he became the first man to cross the Sahara alone in a car. Not bad as personal challenges go!
around 120,000 units
from 1924 to 1929
- Performance and engine
4 cylinders inline, 950 cm3, 6 hp
3-speed gearbox + reverse
- dimensionsLength 3,55 mWidth 1,40 mHeight 1,75 m
saloon, torpedo or cabriolet bodywork built on a separate chassis.
front engine, rear-wheel drive
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