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The unique 1907 Renault Vanderbilt Grand Prix Racer goes for auction



This event is inextricably linked with the name of William C. Vanderbilt, the great-grandson of Cornelius Vanderbilt - the founder of a powerful family of American billionaires. Being a passionate car enthusiast, in 1907 he ordered Renault for himself and his ten friends 11 cars Type AI 35 / 45h.s. Of these, only four supercars of that distant era "survived" to this day.

In history, William Vanderbilt, as the organizer and active participant in the first automobile races that begin in 1900, is constantly held at the Aquinque Park racetrack in Rhode Island (USA). Speed: the first in 1902 - 122.4 km / h, and the second in 1904 - 148 km / h.

Interest racing enthusiast for Renault 35 / 45hp far from accidental. According to experts, it was created in 1906 as the winner of the world's first grand prix in France. Then the car, driven by Ferenc Sis, covered the distance of 1236 km with an average speed of 101.2 km / h.



Technical capabilities Type AI 35 / 45h.s. they look very impressive for the beginning of the 20th century: the engine capacity is 7.5 liters, which corresponds to 65 liters. from. Ability to mechanically replace two rear wheels in less than 4 minutes. It turned out in the United States, the zealous “Frenchman” won twice in the 24-hour race at Morris Park in New York in 1907 and 1909.

The value of the auction in 2006 was 1.1 million US dollars. dollars. It is logical to assume that his "brother" was represented by a bidder in Bonhams (approx. Ed. Techcult.ru) to get a much larger amount.

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