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Lot 048

1925 Renault Type NM 40 CV Coupé de Ville by Kellner

  • Chassis no. 588628

Sold for $279,888


This lot will be sold with the following documents: Bill of Sale





Although not as long-lived as the Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost or the Locomobile 48, Renault’s 40 CV ranks among the eponymous giants in motoring history. Launched in 1911 as the Type CG, it soldiered on through several model designations. Finally retiring in 1928 as the Type NM, it was replaced by the 7.1-litre, straight eight Reinastella. Initially powered by a 7,541 cc side-valve six, the 40 CV had a 3,743 mm wheelbase and weighed 1,750 kg as a chassis alone.



As if that weren’t enough, the engine was enlarged to 9,120 cc after World War I and was to remain this way, with the anachronistic rear-mounted radiator and coal-scuttle bonnet, to the end. Front-wheel brakes were standardised from 1922, at which time the bonnet line was straightened to fully conceal the radiator.



Although Renault had participated vigorously in motor sport prior to the war, afterwards, the 40 CV was the sole competitor, winning the 1925 Monte Carlo Rally and setting records at Montlhéry with both open and closed models.



This Type NM 40 CV coupé de ville was discovered in the United States prior to its acquisition by the Aalholm Automobil Museum. It is fitted with a handsome coupé de ville body by Kellner Frères, Successeurs. Established in 1903 as G. Kellner & Ses Fils, Kellner Frères operated in Paris and Boulogne-sur-Seine through the early days of World War II, in the end, subcontracting to the aero industry. Specialising in distinguished coachwork, the firm often built on Hispano-Suiza chassis, as well as the senior Renault models.



This Type NM 40 CV Doupé de Ville is very stately in red and black. The passenger compartment is upholstered in dark beige velour with a matching headliner and is very tidy. There are blinds on all windows.



The chauffeur’s compartment, upholstered in black leather, is generally good, except for one instrument missing from the panel. The large six cylinder engine is very impressive, although in need of some detailing. This is a nice example of Renault’s longstanding flagship.





Selvom den ikke fik så lang levetid som Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost eller Locomobile 48, er Renault 40 CV blandt de folkelige giganter inden for motorsportens historie. Lanceret i 1911 som Type CG, udviklede den sig på igennem flere andre modeller gennem tiden. Endelig gik den på pension i 1928 som Type NM, og blev erstattet af den 7,1-liters rækkeotter Reinastella. I første omgang drevet af en 7.541cc sekscylindret sideventilsmotor, havde 40 CV’en en 3.743 mm akselafstand og vejede 1.750 kg som chassis alene.



Som om det ikke var nok, blev motoren udvidet til 9.120 cc efter første verdenskrig og skulle forblive på denne måde, med den anakronistiske bagmonterede køler og kulspands-motorhjelm, til produktionen ophørte. Forhjulsbremserne var standardiseret fra 1922, på hvilket tidspunkt motorhjelmens linje blev rettet, så den skjulte køleren helt.



Selvom Renault havde deltaget aktivt i motorsporten før krigen, var 40 CV’en den eneste deltager efter krigen, hvor den vandt 1925 Monte Carlo Rallyet og satte rekorder ved Montlhéry med både åbne og lukkede modeller.



Denne type NM 40 CV Coupe de Ville blev opdaget i USA, inden den blev erhvervet af Aalholm Automobil Museum. Den er udstyret med en smuk coupé de ville-karosseri bygget af Kellner Frères, Successeurs. Etableret i 1903 som G. Kellner & Ses Fils, blev Kellner Frères drevet fra Paris og Boulogne-sur-Seine i begyndelsen af anden verdenskrig, og endte som underleverandør til luftfartsindustrien. Med speciale inden for fornemme karrosserier, byggede firmaet ofte på Hispano-Suiza chassis’er, samt på de ældre Renault modeller.



Denne Type NM 40 CV Coupé de Ville fremstår meget smuk i rød og sort. Kabinen er betrukket med mørk beige velour med matchende loftsbetræk og er meget pæn og nydelig. Der er rullegardiner for alle vinduer.



Chaufførens rum, som er betrukket med sort læder, er generelt i god stand, bortset fra et instrument, der mangler i instrumentbrættet. Den store seks-cylindrede motor er meget imponerende, men har brug for en gennemgang. Dette er et fint eksempel på Renaults mangeårige flagskib.

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