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June 10, 2024

Amazing Photos of the 1906 Renault 20CV Type VB Coupé Chauffeur

From the outset Renault engineering was of the highest quality and the arrival of multi-cylinder models really put the company on the map. The Type V (VA, VB, VC) series, introduced in 1905, was equipped with an unconventional four-cylinder sidevalve engine, boasting a capacity of just under 4.4 liters. The unique engine design included paired cylinders on a shared crankcase, but instead of a single camshaft, it featured two separate ones—one for the inlet valves and another for the exhausts.

The vehicle also sported traditional Renault characteristics such as the ‘coal-scuttle’ bonnet, rear-mounted radiator, semi-elliptic suspension (with an additional transverse spring at the rear), rear drum brakes, transmission brake, and a three-speed gearbox. Steering was accomplished through rack-and-pinion, while the final drive utilized bevel gears. The Type VA had a wheelbase of 272cm, whereas the VB and VC had a slightly longer wheelbase of 291cm.

The particular 1906 Renault VB model showcases grand formal coachwork by J Rothschild et Fils, a Paris-based carriage maker founded by Josef Rothschild in 1838. The firm later transitioned to J Rothschild et Fils, Rheims et Auscher Successeurs after being taken over by engineers Rheims and Auscher. Rothschild was notable for pioneering the use of shaped metal in motor bodies.

Here below is a set of amazing photos of the 1906 Renault 20CV Type VB Coupé Chauffeur.


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