1920 Renault Type EU Coupé de Ville by Henry Binder

After World War I, Renault reentered the automobile manufacturing industry, drawing heavily from pre-war designs for its product line. Familiar features such as the distinctive “coal scuttle” bonnet, wooden artillery wheels, and firewall-mounted radiator made a comeback, albeit with the addition of full-electric starting and lighting in all new cars. Additionally, the four-cylinder models now boasted monobloc engines, enhancing their performance.

One of Renault’s notable introductions at the 1919 Paris Motor Show was the Type EU. This model showcased a 132-inch wheelbase and combined its inline-four-cylinder engine with a three-speed manual transmission. Production of the Type EU spanned from 1919 to 1923, with a range of body styles provided by France’s top coachbuilders.

Among them, the esteemed Parisian firm of Henry Binder et Cie, renowned for their skill in creating designs worthy of prestigious exhibitions across Europe, regularly received commissions from Panhard, Rolls-Royce, and Renault, cementing their status as one of Europe’s most enduring coachbuilding dynasties.

Source: RM Sotheby’s