Renault Reinastella

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Renault Reinastella

Reinastella, the Queen of Billancourt, took Renault into the select club of carmakers making eight-cylinder models.

In 1928, France was still riding the wave of “roaring twenties” euphoria, oblivious to the impending stock market crash of Black Thursday the next year. Eager to develop a worthy successor to its 40CV, Renault decided its new upmarket model would need an eight-cylinder engine. And Reinastella would introduce another revolution, with radiator fitted in front of the engine rather than behind, a configuration adopted the following year by other Renaults.

Reinastella was unveiled at the 1928 Paris Motor Show, under the name Renahuit. Its designers had taken a deliberate step toward the purest of classical styles, with a lower profile than the 40CV, and the long bonnet that typified the top-end cars of the epoch.  There was plenty of scope for master coachbuilders to exercise their talents to the full! Rather than following the sports approach of contemporaries from Hispano Suiza and Rolls Royce, Reinastella opted for a strong emphasis on comfort, robustness and price. And it achieved more than honourable performance, glowingly extolled by the Renault catalogue of the time: “Reinastella will easily top 130 km/h, and achieve excellent journey averages. This Pullman of the road is undaunted by the longest journeys, and outclasses the best luxury trains in terms of comfort, speed and safety.”

The economic slump meant Reinastella’s days were numbered, and in 1934 this splendid car gave way to the Nerva range, as Renault adopted a top-end approach more consistent with the new economic conditions.

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