William Kissam "Willie K." Vanderbilt, Jr. encouraged the Renault factory to build ten smaller-sized versions of the successful 1906-07 Renault Grand Prix cars.

According to Renault, it is possible that as many as 16 of these “34-45 H.P. Runabouts”, as Renault called them, were built. The exact number is not known; only five are known to have survived. When Willie K. and his friends raced about the Long Island countryside, it provoked local authorities to initiate speed limit ordinances. Vanderbilt founded the Vanderbilt Cup competition, the United States’ first international auto races.

Showcased at the 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, this rare and elegant car was recently painstakingly restored to running condition.

Specifications: Type AA, Series G, short wheelbase version of the 35/45 hp Grand Prix Racer; engine four-cylinder, in-line, water-cooled; bore 130 mm., stroke 140 mm., displacement 7.4 liters. Top speed 90 mph.

Original price: $8,250 for chassis without body.

Accession no. 1994G09

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