A HIGHLY original and characterful 1928 Renault NN1 Torpedo Commerciale will be offered by Dorset Vintage and Classic Auctions at their sale on September 8 at Athelhampton House, near Dorchester.
Research suggests that the Renault was owned at one point by a 1930s-1940s cinefilm maker in Illiers, northern France; the current custodian purchased the car directly from France nearly five years ago, where it had been in long-term barn storage, preserved in its original state.
The owner has consistently endeavoured to maintain the age and character of the Torpedo. Any rust has been treated to halt its progress and the quirks and perceived faults portray the history of the car, which would have been destroyed by a restoration.
It has been the subject of a major mechanical overhaul, however, so the vehicle is in good running condition, and would be an ideal participant in pre-war motor car rallies and runs. With an auction estimate of £6,000 to £8,000, the Renault is a rare beast and should prove an exciting prospect for Renault and French car enthusiasts alike.
DVCA is accepting entries for its autumn sale; contact Brian Chant on +44 (0)1963 363353 or visit dvca.co.uk for more information.