The first thought that comes to mind after viewing this image taken in San Jose, California and dated 1928, is that this racy-looking early Renault speedster was custom-built for a Hollywood Movie Star. Further investigation of the body’s make up of flat panels and the odd treatment of the upholstery points to the probability that it was more likely constructed by a talented amateur coachbuilder.
The construction of the radiator supported by a pair of trunnions also indicates the possibly of it being a one-off as the coachwork is. Comparing it to the standard pre-1920 Renault cars built with exposed radiators and those used on the Keeton and the other US made cars that share this same type styling reveals that it is fabricated in a different manner.
We are hopeful someone will be able to tell us more about this unique automobile. The image is courtesy of Antique Automobile Photographs.