Louis Renault made mass production a reality in France in parallel with the American Henrys (Leland and Ford) from whom he gladly learned and prospered. The Renault factory at Billancourt in Paris expanded after the First World War, adding modern production machinery and assembly line methods. It vertically integrating to include mines, foundries and steel mills. Models proliferated, from delivery vans to buses and airplane engines.
Atop it all was the Model 45, a 9.2 liter six-cylinder monster that defined in the early Twenties the concept of luxury, power, silence and opulence. Bugatti was an infant, Hispano-Suiza a vision, Rolls-Royce an upstart, when Louis Renault introduced his Model 45. It was the ultimate luxury car. Costing more than a contemporary Rolls-Royce, it embodied the best skills, methods, precision machining and forming from within Renault’s vast enterprise.
Nestled nearly unobtrusively behind the front wheels under Renault’s sloping hood was a 110x160mm bore and stroke 9,123cc inline side valve six-cylinder engine rated at 45 horsepower by the Royal Auto Club formula but developing much more horsepower on the dynamometer. Variously estimated at up to 140 brake ho
left-hand-drive 1925 renault model 45 tourer cloth leather restored french