The last version of Viva Grand Sport, the BDV1 type was unveiled at the October 1938 Motor Show.
The pinnacle of luxury
The coupé version benefited from the technical improvements made to the 1939 6-cylinder models and their characteristic details, such as the chrome-plated horizontal blade grille and the headlights fitted to the front wings.
Its 6-cylinder 4.1 litre engine, its aerodynamic line, its finish and a price tag of 58,000 francs in 1938—equivalent to €2.9 million today— made it a prestigious model praised by the press:
"The 6-cylinder Viva Grand Sport offers luxurious and powerful models. The finish, the luxury, the good taste and the presentation have long been unanimously recognised by users as the qualities of French genius" (L’Illustration).
An exceptional car dampened by the War
The Viva Grand Sport coupé, which came out of the factory on 24 May 1939, was one of the last models manufactured by Renault before the War, since their production ceased in September 1939 when France entered the hostilities.
The exhibit is entirely original (with the exception of a hydraulic brake system installed at the time). Off the road for 50 years, it has only 22,000 kilometres on the clock and was only cautiously restarted a few years ago. This rare car—fewer than ten are thought to have survived—entered the Renault collection in January 2017.