1912 Renault CE 'Balloon Car'
1912 Renault CE 'Balloon Car' Reg.no. BF 6654 Chassis no. 34637 Engine no. 4930 The CE was first introduced in 1910 with a four-cylinder 5,025cc engine giving 20/22hp at 1,200rpm. The chassis was similar to the contemporary 'CC' model with Â¾ elliptical rear springs, a four speed gearbox, external contracting transmission brake and two wheel main brakes on the rear wheels operated by a hand lever. Renaults of this period were also all right hand drive. Most chassis' would have gone to a coachbuilder for a formal limousine body or a large open tourer. This car went to the USA early in its life and very little is known of its history until it was imported into the UK in 1998 by Andrew Booth of Orchid Cars as a rolling chassis. It was sold from the container at Tillbury to Mr Hoyle of Essex who restored the chassis, engine and running gear. This Renault was then purchased by the present owner as a loosely assembled rolling chassis in 2010. Following a comprehensive re-assembly of the mechanical components, a two seat body replicating an Edwardian 'Balloon Car' was constructed using a pair of bucket seats from a 1912 body as a starting point and also using contemporary photographs of similar bodies on Rolls-Royce chassis'. In September the car passed an MOT and was given an age related number in time for a rally in Lincolnshire, where apart from some teething problems, the car performed as expected with lots of power and 'plenty of go'. It is sold with a V5c and a current MOT. This is an opportunity to acquire a very unique and powerful Edwardian motor car that will be sure to attract a crowd wherever it goes. Estimate: Â£40,000 â€” 45,000