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#7463 Renault 40CV Type JP Touring Widerkehr (1922) Louwman Museum

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Renault 40CV Type JP Touring Widerkehr (1922) at the Louwman Museum in The Hague (Holland)

Renault is a French multinational automobile manufacturer established in 1899. The huge six-cylinder engine of this Renault 40CV has a 9-litre capacity, and the car is one of the largest Renaults ever built. This example is the only one still in existence with coachwork by Widerkehr from Colmar. The car was delivered on 2-2-22. (2 February 1922). Characteristics of the older Renaults are the position of the radiator behind the bonnet and the cooling ribs on the side. The 40CV's radiator has a 45-litre capacity. The 40CV was a successful attempt by Renault to gain a position in the uppermost market sector and it was not long before the car became a favourite in high society. It was delivered as a motorised chassis only, with the choice of bodywork being left to the customer. After the 1913 motor show in St.-Petersburg, the Czar of Russia ordered two of these cars. In 1925 a 40CV won the Rallye Monte Carlo, and a year later another car with special single-seat bodywork participated in the Montlhéry endurance event where various records were broken. The car covered a distance of about 4167 kilometres (about 2589 miles) at an average speed of 173 km/h (about 108 mph).

The Louwman Museum in The Hague, the Netherlands, features one of the most impressive private car collections in the world. Several hundred cars are on show to teach you all about car history. The Louwman Museum offers a wide collection that includes everything from antique and classic cars to Formula 1 racing cars and hybrids. Since 1934, two generations of the Louwman family have assembled a unique collection of cars. The present Louwman Museum was designed to display the collection to the public. It was festively opened in 2010. The collection leads you from horse and wagon to the first self-propelled vehicles. It also takes you past the luxury cars from the end of the 19th century, post-war "affordable cars" and the first racing cars. Some of the Louwman Museum's highlights include unique specimens such as the boat-car, the beach-car and the swan-car as well as famous cars such as James Bond's Aston Martin from the film Goldfinger and the customised Cadillac Fleetwood of Elvis Presley.

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