This Renault was delivered new to Marshal Ferdinand Foch, the French hero of World War I. It was bodied in the Cabriolet de Ville style by the Parisian coachbuilder Kellner. Organized by Georges Kellner as G. Kellner & Ses Fils in 1861, the company supplied the carriage trade, as well as turning out a number of horse-drawn ambulances. His sons, Paul and Georges Jr., joined him in 1890, and in 1903, they built their first bodies for automobiles. Georges retired in 1910, and the sons reorganized as Kellner Frères.
Foch had little time to enjoy this car, as he passed away in March of 1929. After his death, the car eventually found its way to the United States, where it turned up in California in the 1960s in the care of Art Astor. In 1977, it was purchased by Jimmy Brucker. Brucker sold it to Las Vegas hotelier Ralph Engelstad in 1984, for his Imperial Palace Collection. While in Mr. Engelstad's care, the car was given a frame-off restoration in 1986.
The car is finished in maroon over black fenders, with a black leather roof that folds back to create a completely open car. The brightwork consists only of bumpers, lights, wheel hubs, windshield frame, and small pieces of hardware. The car rides on varnished wood-spoke artillery wheels mounted with whitewall tires.
By Daniel Vaughan | Nov 2012
In 2012, this car was offered for sale by RM Auctions at their Monterey, CA sale. The car was estimated to sell for $500,000 - $600,000 and offered without reserve. As bidding came to a close, the car had been sold for the sum of $264,000 inclusive of buyer's premium.
In 1911, Renault introduced the Type CG and it would continue until 1928 through several model designations. By the time it was retired, it was known as the Type NM, and was replaced by the 7.1-liter, straight eight Reinastella. When introduced, the Renault's 40 CV was powered by a 7541cc sidevalve six and rested on a 3743mm wheelbase and weighed 1750 KG as a chassis alone.
After World War I, the engine was enlarged to 9120cc and remained this way with its anachronistic rear-mounted radiator and coal-scuttle bonnet. By 1922, front-wheel brakes were standardized, at which time the hood line was straightened to fully conceal the radiator.
Prior to the War, Renault had participated vigorously in motor sports. Afterwards, the 40 CV was the sole competitor, winning the 1925 Monte Carlo Rally and setting records at Montlhery, with both closed and open models.
By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2018
Throughout its production lifespan, the Renault 40 CV was sold in many variations which were known by two letter names such as the CG, ES, and JP.