Type MC marked the pinnacle of the 40 CV series and asserted Renault’s sound position among prestige carmakers.
The Renault name was on everyone’s lips
A fleet of 10 CVs had achieved the first Sahara crossing by non-tracked vehicles in January 1924. And successive upgrades had been brought in across the Renault range, including improved brakes and new carburettor for the prestige 40 CV. This splendid car, Renault’s flagship model since 1910, matched up very well to illustrious rivals like Hispano Suiza and Isotta-Fraschini.
The arrival of the diamond logo
Type MC was one of the last Renaults built to the jumbo 40 CV format, which would give way to Reinastella in 1928. It was also the first to bear Renault’s new diamond logo, which replaced the previous round badge. Effusive press commentary of the period says much of the high esteem in which Type MC was held:
“The power reserve is considerable, and the car is responsive and manoeuvrable, with acceleration that produces indescribable driving pleasure”.
With its lightweight coachwork, the 40 CV claimed a top speed of 140 km/h, a colossal figure when we consider the cars of the period would typically reach around 70 km/h.