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1924 Renault Torpedo

1924 Renault Torpedo | Nickname: Polliwog

The 1924 Renault Torpedo held a special place in the collection, serving as Larz Anderson’s personal car that he drove.  Built in Billancourt, France, this was the company’s first high-volume manufactured car.  Also known as the K5 model, Renault wanted to create a car that was low cost with low government-imposed taxes.  A small and compact car, the vehicle weighed only 1,874 pounds and went up to 37 mph.

The Torpedo was rear-wheel drive and powered by a 4-cylinder engine.  It had no bumpers, a folding canvas roof support top, and only one door.  The radiator was placed behind the engine, which provided warmth during the wintertime.  However, having such a powerful piece of equipment so close to the driver created many safety issues that led to the eventual unpopularity of the vehicle.