Development and Production
Family lines: Pre war AGK, early AHN, 1948 "208" and post-war Galion.
Renault was one of the pioneers in COE-trucks (Cab Over Engine) in the 30's and one of the big players in trucks. The French army required new military vehicles for various purposes and found the normal civilian versions too complicated and difficult to service. All manufacurers where invited to hasten their standard production into war effort. Renault looked ahead and started a program of 3 weight classes: 2, 3,5 and 5 ton to incorporate the newest production techniques from the U.S.A., revolutionazing production and service.
All post-war AH-series and some early have their frontlights on the frontsheet. Build in front lights are war production.
The last 47 AHN's where deliverd in June 1944 to the Wehrmacht.
Most AHN where equiped with "wirbelluftfilter" (vortex air filter) make Neumann for eastern service.
The majority of the 44/45 AHN production is equipped with a Renault or Imbert-Renault gazogene system.
Delivery price of AHN rose from FRS 59,400 in 1941 to FRS: 165,000 in 1944 and 381,538 in 1946 The value of the Franc was 17 (2007) eurocent in 1944 and 7,5 in 1946. Circa 33 euro cents in 1941
Louis Renault (12 February 1877 – 24 October 1944) was abroad and had a lot of trouble getting into the country when France was invaded by Germany.
Renault had a tough choice: produce for the Germans or dismantling and deportation of his workforce. The Renault factories were administrated by Prinz Von Urach ( Wilhelm III Fürst von Urach *27. September 1897 Stuttgart †8. August 1957 in München), who will later be the press attaché of Daimler-Benz from 1946.
Renault produced also spare parts for the SdKfz 7 and SdKfz 11.
Most of the archives have been lost during the allied bombings of 1944. The Germans had the production up and running in no time.
Louis Renault was a fragiel, sick person by 1944. He was imprisoned for colaborating and died while in prison. The production at Renault was vital to the rebuilding of France and was therefore nationalised. One of the greatest car pioneers and stil not cleared from the shadow of colaboration.