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Lot S934 – Biloxi, 2021 Auction


This is an ARCHIVE listing, this car ran at our Biloxi, 2021 Auction


Lot S934 – 1912 RENAULT TYPE CB COUPE DE VILLE


  • Year: 1912
  • Make: RENAULT
  • Model:TYPE CB COUPE DE VILLE
  • Status: N/A
  • Mileage: N/A
  • Body:N/A
  • VIN:
  • Exterior: BURGUNDY
  • Interior: BLACK
  • Transmission: MANUAL MANUAL
  • Cylinder: 4 CYL
At a time when most cars looked very similar, the Renault was most noteworthy for its very sleek sloping nose.
The radiator, so prominent on all other cars, was positioned behind the engine giving the Renault a unique and instantly identifiable look.
While most of its competitors had chain drive, all Renaults had shaft drive, eliminating a part of the car vulnerable to damage due to dust and the atrocious roads of the period.

This stunning example was purchased in March 2000 from Arthur C.
Doering of Grand Rapids, Michigan, who found the Renault in the storage warehouse of a restoration shop in Chicago.
Doering contracted for a professional restoration in 1985, and upon completion won numerous awards including best of class at the Meadowbrook Concours.
In June 2001, 3 R.
Automotive in Denver did a complete 'nuts and bolts frame off' restoration to a 100 point car.


This car was last sold to the public in 2008 at RM Auction for $269k.
It had been displayed in the owners’ Titanic room of his estate until the car and its estate were donated to the University of West Florida after his death.
Your check will be written to the foundation providing you a tax write off over its value.
This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to own a piece of history.

This Renault is identical to the Renault that was used in the opening scenes of the
movie Titanic.
Further investigation led to the 20th Century Fox research department, who confirmed that they had determined from the Lloyds of London insurance records that there was a 1912 Renault Towncar still in the Titanic that had been owned by William Carter (who survived the sinking and later filed an insurance claim for $5,000).

This car received an invitation to the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in the 2004, where it completed the 50 mile tour and during the show received considerable attention from the media, newspaper, magazine and TV.
Next was the 2005 Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance, where the car also completed the 50 mile tour and won the Award for Best Presentation of Fashion and the Automobile.
Then, the Renault was invited to the inaugural Rocky Mountain Concours d'Elegance held at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, where it won Best in Class, winning over the 1910 Simplex (ex-Otis Chandler) which had won Best in Class at Pebble Beach in 2004.

This 35 horsepower Renault, serial number 34021, has recently emerged from a three-and-a half year restoration.
The front seat is upholstered in rough-grained black leather as was customary with open-front town cars, given their minimal weather protection for the driver.
In back, you’ll find the most luxurious and opulent interior that Renault designers could muster in 1912.
Again using the Lloyds of London claim as a blueprint, original-style floral fabrics and wool broadcloths were secured and stitched into the original patterns.
As with the exterior of the car, the interior is virtually without flaws and shows no signs of wear.
Powering this elegant palace on wheels is a 2.6-liter T-head inline 4-cylinder engine that is rated at 12 French horsepower.
In reality, it is probably closer to 40 or 50 contemporary horsepower, and is sufficient to allow this car to cruise at a comfortable 35 MPH in top gear.
The engine was, of course, fully rebuilt at the time of restoration and runs beautifully today.
This car also has the added benefit of an electric self-starter, which is integrated with the generator, and the large Besnard headlamps and single taillamp are electric.

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