Renault Group opened its doors to its historic headquarters.
THE FIRST HISTORICAL MILESTONES
On 18 and 19 September 2021, this historic Pierre Dreyfus building, Renault’s original administrative headquarters, opened its doors to the public. The event attracted more than 2,000 curious visitors and enthusiasts wanting to discover the company’s first historical milestones with a visit to Louis Renault’s “cabin”.
This little workshop is where it all began, when in 1898 Louis Renault developed the direct drive transmission (precursor of the gearbox) for the Type A model. A model of this first-ever Renault was also on display, along with a 1909 Renault Type AG, the infamous “Taxi de la Marne”!
ESSENTIAL MODELS FROM THE RENAULT CLASSIC COLLECTION
Other gems from the Renault Classic collection were also featured at the event, with a selection of pivotal models on display in front of the Pierre Dreyfus building to the delight of visitors. They admired a 1925 Type NN, a rare and elegant 1939 Juvaquatre coupé, a 1957 Renault Domaine (commercial version of Frégate), a delightful 1958 Renault Dauphine Gordini, an iconic 1963 Renault 4 Super Haute Couture, a legendary 1970 Renault 8 Gordini, and finally a fetching 1974 Renault 5 TL in all its orange glory.
AN EXHIBITION OF WORKS FROM THE RENAULT FOUNDATION ART COLLECTION
Through the Renault Foundation, Renault Group also exhibited works from its art collection, including pieces by Doisneau, Erro, Arman, Tinguely, Vasarely, Dubuffet and Angela Palmer, to name just a few. Pieces were displayed both in the Pierre Dreyfus building as well as in the Landowski museum in central Boulogne-Billancourt. Like a bridge connecting the worlds of art and industry, this collection illustrates the Renault Group’s historical and enduring attachment to its French roots and its desire to continue driving forward industrial, technological and cultural innovation in France.
© photograph: Yves Forestier
Renault Classic collection
historic Pierre Dreyfus building
Louis Renault’s workshop, the “cabin”