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While best known for producing large and luxurious automobiles, Renault, in fact, covered the entire market including the diminutive 6CV, also known as the Type NN.
Belying its entry-level market position, the 6CV NN nonetheless shared basic design cues with its larger stablemates including Renault’s signature “shovel-nose” hood. Radiator placement between the engine and fuel tank gave rise to the two filler caps located atop the hood.
The NN was durable, reliable, and most capable of handling demanding situations. One was tested over 203 continuous hours at the Circuit of Miramas in Southern France during 1926, covering a distance of 10,000 miles at an average speed of 49 mph. In 1927, a 6CV became the first automobile to successfully complete a solo journey across the Sahara Desert. Type NN production reached some 150,000 units before it was succeeded by the enlarged NN2 in 1929.
Hailing from the model’s introductory year, this van-bodied 6CV Type NN was acquired from Cannes. The Renault appears to have been utilized by a cinematic company there; and unfortunately, no further history is known. As offered, it is highly engaging as an unrestored original vehicle. While the consignor states that the vehicle does indeed run, a proper sorting is nonetheless required.