The Renault Type CH was built from 1910 to 1912. The model’s release will go down in Renault’s history, coinciding with the catastrophic Great Flood of Paris which occurred in the same year.

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Technical progress against all odds

From 22 January to 3 February 1910, the factories remained under water. At the height of the flood, with the shop floor under 2.20 metres, the press wrote,


“The factory is used to overcoming adversity. We can safely predict that the powerful Billancourt establishments will be working day and night to resume production”.


They were right: it was back to business as usual after 2 months of hard work. Not even a natural disaster could hold back technical progress.

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A vehicle ahead of its time

Even upon its release, the Type CH boasted a cutting-edge engine, equipped with a heated carburettor and original patented cooling system. Not to be outdone, its gearbox featured a direct-drive fourth gear, according to a patent filed by Louis Renault in 1898.


Throughout this period in Renault’s history, the company would patent numerous inventions for improving lubrication, engine cooling and fuel intake. There was even a patent for a lightweight rigid rear axle system.

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