More information about the model Renault Nervasport
The Renault range of the nineteen-thirties stood for robust and reliable engineering rather than pure performance, though Renault couldn’t resist a relapse into sporting prowess with the Nervasport.
In 1930, Renault launched its Nerva range of eight-cylinder models, which would initially run alongside the Reinastella, then eventually take over from it altogether. These prestige cars primarily addressed an upmarket demand for comfortable motoring, the exception to this rule being 1932 release of a lighter, shorter version under the name of Nervasport.
The car lived up to its name with a creditable record in endurance trials. The three Nervasports running in the 1933 Monte Carlo event matched up very well indeed to the more prestigious makes, with one of them narrowly missing second place. Two years later, in 1935, there were two Nervasports among a total of seven Renault entries at Monte Carlo.
Lahaye and Quatresous drove theirs to first place, while Guyot and Rock finished fourth. Lahaye and Quatresous went on to bring Renault other major sporting victories, such as at the Liège-Rome-Liège race the same year (first equal with a Bugatti).
This kind of event took an immense toll on the cars, which suffered round-the-clock driving across the length and breadth of Europe, along the rough, narrow roads of the time, in all weathers. Only the toughest, most reliable, most efficient models had any chance of finishing at all, let alone winning. By excelling in this kind of feat, Nervasport gave the world a glimpse of its true worth.