Some friends of mine actually owned Renaults of this era so I got to see them close up. The Renault brothers were very idiosyncratic in the way they laid things out. By 1910 most auto makers had settled on a standard layout for cars with a cooling radiator up front with the engine in line behind it. Renault persisted with the radiator behind the engine right into the twenties. The piece which is in front of the passenger cabin, at the back of the bonnet is actually the radiator. Part of it is exposed, part enclosed, there is a huge cast iron fan which drags air over the engine and through the radiator. That silver bulge under the engine is actually an enclosure under the engine, the engine bay is sealed to control air flow over the engine and into the radiator. If you look closely at the front bottom edge of the bonnet you can see a handle to lift it with, in real life this is a brass cabinet handle.
I don't know whether this one was still on a handle start, but a Renault pick-up truck I know which is just a few years younger than this car has a huge great dynamo on the front of the engine which can have its polarity reversed to turn it into a motor and is used to start the car.
In April 1965 two versions of this car were released. 9031 was lavender in colour and 9032 was primrose. The lavender car stayed in the catalogue for one year and the primrose car lasted for two years. Values are similarly modest for both models.
In 1985 when Corgi was under new management these cars were re-released
|Corgi Toys 9031; Renault 12/16 1910; Lavender
|Corgi Toys 9032; Renault 12/16 1910; Primrose Yellow
|Corgi C862; 1910 Renault 12/16 Coupe; Brown, White Hood
|Corgi C862; 1910 Renault 12/16 Coupe; Light Blue, White Hood
|Corgi C862; 1910 Renault 12/16 Coupe; Yellow, Black Hood