Driving Renault’s 1929 Nervastella


Buried in the marginalia of Picasso 1932, the hugely popular exhibition at the Tate Modern in London, is a small, faded black-and-white photograph of Pablo Picasso at his pomp, standing alongside his Hispano-Suiza H6B limousine. From his Champs-Élysées apartment, the feted Spanish artist would venture forth in his chauffeur-driven automobile journeying as far as Normandy to paint his lover in his dilapidated châteaux. From his offices just down the River Seine from the City of Light, Louis Renault the automotive industrialist would have watched such grand automobiles and their famous, well-to-do owners with envious eyes. This era marked the apogee of the super luxury car with Bugatti, Isotta Fraschini, Rolls-Royce, Bentley, Lincoln, Packard, Duesenberg, and Cadillac all vying for the attentions of the wealthy, and Louis wanted a piece of the action.

This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.hagerty.com/articles-videos/articles/2018/06/19/1929-renault-nervastella-coupe-de-ville