London,The Jack Barclay Showroom
3 December 2002
1903 RENAULT MODEL M 6HP TWO SEATER
Registration No. 8882 EK 78
Engine No. 10066
French blue, with yellow wheels and black upholstery
Engine: De Dion Bouton water cooled single-cylinder, 100 x 120 mm bore and stroke (942cc); Gearbox: Cone clutch, 3-speed and reverse gearbox with right-hand change, shaft drive. Suspension: Tubular-steel chassis with semi-elliptic springs front and rear. Brakes: Handbrake to rear wheels and foot-operated transmission brake. Wooden wheels with beaded-edge tyres. Right hand drive
In 1898, Louis Renault used a 1 3/4hp De Dion Bouton engine to power a tiny voiturette that he had designed. The vehicle was shaft driven with direct drive in top gear, and so one of the definitive early designs was created.
Production of similar cars by the Renault Frères began in 1899 and sales soon exceeded expectations, 1903 production reaching almost one thousand cars and continuing to rise. From the earliest days, Renault cars were races, with Marcel Renault's emphatic win in the 1902 Paris-Vienna race bringing huge publicity to the young firm. Such successes and the integrity its products saw Renault as the largest and most successful French motorcar maker by 1907.
Louis Renault disliked dependence on outside suppliers and in 1902, the firm began making some of its own power units and buying in only other such essential items as ignition systems and tyres. The Type M that appeared in February 1903 was the last Renault model to be fitted with a De Dion Bouton engine. Although in many ways it was a conventional voiturette of the period, its shaft drive that had been proved on the firm's racing cars placed it in the forefront of design and its lateral radiators gave it a distinctive appearance.
This example of the model M, was for nearly 40 years in the collection of Albert Mansion in France. It fits its model designation perfectly with correct 12 bar radiator, tumbler gearbox and De Dion engine.
Cosmetically the car has a well worn appearance although in recent years it has received new pleated upholstery in black fabric. It is offered complete with bulkhead mounted side lights and has comfortable individual bucket seating for two persons.
A Veteran Renault offers not only entry to the number of popular veteran car events, the London to Brighton, Teuf-Teuf Rallye des Ancêtres and Tour du Man, but also to those of the excellent Renault Frères club.
Contact Client Service
New York +1 212 636 2000
London +44 (0)20 7839 9060
Asia +852 2760 1766
Why the French Impressionist’s paintings of the Saint-Lazare train station are among his greatest achievements
Meredith Etherington-Smith hails the long and distinguished career of the London antiques dealer with a client list that reads like an international who’s who