The luxurious Reinastella, or the Queen of Billancourt, ushered Renault into the exclusive club of carmakers manufacturing 8-cylinder models.
1928, the euphoria of the Roaring Twenties
The world was still oblivious to the looming Black Thursday stock market crash that would rock the economy the following year. Renault, eager to develop a worthy successor to its 40 CV, decided to fit the new high-end model with an 8-cylinder engine. Its radiator was moved from the back to the front of the bonnet, a revolutionary configuration that was adopted by the other Renault models the following year.
Originally unveiled at the 1928 Paris Motor Show under the name Renahuit, Reinastella boasted a distinctly classic design. Its long, elegant bonnet emulated the high-end luxury cars of the era, providing the perfect canvas on which coachbuilders could exhibit their talents.
An attractive automobile from every angle
Less sporty than the Rolls-Royce, Renault focused instead on comfort, robustness and price, along with impressive performance:
“Reinastella easily tops 130 km/h and delivers the highest averages. On even the longest journeys, this Pullman of the road outclasses the best luxury trains in terms of comfort, speed and safety”.
In the wake of the economic crisis, Reinastella’s heyday was coming to a close, and in 1934 it was discontinued to make way for Nerva, a high-end range more reflective of the new economic climate.