1920 Renault Type EU

Coupe de Ville
RM Sotheby's Hershey 2021
Thursday, 7 October - Friday, 8 October 2021
Sale Price
$35,000 - $55,000
Est. Range
7 October 2021
Sold Date
Lot Number
Unrestored original
RM Sotheby's
Auction House
Chassis no. 92602. Beige with brown fenders and black cloth tendelet over black leather and beige/gold fabric. RHD. 2815/12CV inline four, 3-speed, single right side spare bracket but no wheel, folding windshield, rollup division, black wood spoke wheels, staggered wheel sizes.

Evaluation: Bought by MGM in the 30’s as a prop car, used in Mata Hari with Greta Garbo and The Big Store with the Marx Brothers. Later owned by Lindley Bothwell and Indianapolis Speedway’s Tony Hulman. Poor old repaint over old scratched and peeling paint. Usable front seat upholstery and gaudy rear compartment. A typical movie and museum car that looks okay on film but gets steadily worse in close-ups.

Bottom Line: It is somewhat amazing that Renault and Binder would still be building archaic style coaches like this in 1920 but that’s what happened. It’s an intriguing old car but in uniformly unfortunate condition. It will take serious attention and a lot of money to make something attractive out of it but it will never be worth enough to make up for what it costs. This is a generous price.

by Rick Carey
9 November 2021
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Condition #5: Poor
Running, but battered, incomplete, and perhaps rusty.
Condition #6: Parts car
Parts car.
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