The Renault Type C was first shown in April 1900 at the Vincennes Car Show as part of the World Exhibition taking place in Paris. The vehicle was extremely advanced for its time, adopting an innovative cooling system using water. This meant that the bonnet was, unusually for the period, square. Its chassis was designed in a similar way to its predecessors, the Renault Type A and Type B, however it was longer and larger and also available in three forms – a convertible with removable back seats, a ‘barrel’ four-seater and a coupe with either two or three seats.
The Renault Type C was victorious in many reliability and time trials in the early 20th Century, such as the Paris-Bordeaux and the Paris-Toulouse, shortly after being unveiled in Vincennes. Available for 4,500 ancien Francs in 1900 (approx. £13,000 now), these victories by the Type C led to commercial success for the young Renault Frères and were directly linked to at least 350 customer orders.
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