1912 Renault Victoria Limousine

Louis Renault founded his auto plant in Fre’res Bellancourt, Seine France in 1898 with his two brothers. In 1912 Renault in Fre’res offered no fewer than 15 various models. The bodies of the cars were designed for and by the customer. About 90% of the body parts were made in the United States.

This restored Renault is a 1912 Victoria Limousine with 12/20 horse power. The probable top speed is about 30 miles per hour, say going downhill with the wind at your back. This is the 680th model of this car in 1912.

The Brass Era is an American term for the early period of automotive manufacturing, named for the prominent brass fittings used during this time for such things as lights and radiators. It is generally considered to encompass 1896 through 1915, a time when these vehicles were often referred to as horseless carriages. Near the end of the period, cars were taking on a form which is familiar to what we would consider the modern day car per se with a front hooded engine compartment, enclosed passenger compartment, and luxuries such as a steering wheel, various gears, floor pedals and more and more powerful engines.

Originally commissioned from the Renault brothers manufacturing plant, by a Madame Frances Alda, who was a singer for the Metropolitan opera.

Descriptions & pictures by classicautomall & forums.aaca 

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