1911 Renault AX
2 cylinder side valve, mono block, 1060 cc, 8 KW, thermo syphon cooling with radiator and fan at the rear of the motor.
Details of fuel & ignition system
Gravity fed fuel system from tank underneath driver's seat. Magneto fixed ignition.
3 speed plus reverse with progressive change. Cone leather clutch. Hand brake to the rear wheels and foot operated transmission brake.
How did you acquire the vehicle?
Evan Quamby advertised it in the club magazine. I loved the look of the Renault and organised to view it. I had already met Evan through the vintage Vauxhall connection. The Renault looked even better in the flesh. Then a ride in it and the deal was done.
Brief known history of the vehicle
It was originally owned by a single family in Maryborough, Queensland from new through to the late 50's It was then purchased by Sam Hecker who used it in its original state before repainting it in the 60's. Sam passed in the 90's and left it to his daughter. Evan then purchased it from Sam's daughter in 2001. Maria & I became the happy owners in 2020.
What do you like & dislike about your car?
Like: The uninterrupted view, no windscreen, no hood and no instruments to distract the driver. Watching the grass grow as we drive by. No real dislikes at this stage as we are still in the honeymoon phase. Although the handbrake being applied by pushing away from you will take some getting used to.
Fun facts or any other details you’d like to include?
The Renault was affectionately called Penny as Sam Hecker soldered a penny over a hole in the radiator. The hole has now been fixed by Evan and the penny has been moved to a less obvious place on the radiator, so the penny and name remains.