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Auctioneer Herb Atkins - Auctioneer 732-892-6040
Auction Date Jul 29 Auction
7 Juniper Drive
Morris Plains, NJ
Time 10:00AM
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  • 1912 Renault Victoria Limo

    1912 Renault Victoria Limo

  • 1912 Renault Victoria Limo

    1912 Renault Victoria Limo

  • 1912 Renault Victoria Limo

    1912 Renault Victoria Limo

  • 1912 Renault Victoria Limo

    1912 Renault Victoria Limo

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AuctionZip Auctioneer ID# 1212

Auction starts at 10 AM. 1912 RENAULT VICTORIA LIMOUSINE will be auctioned at 12 noon. (SEE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE FOR LOTS OF INFO INCLUDING LETTER WRITTEN BY THE OWNER REGARDING HISTORY OF THIS CAR.) We are honored to do the auction of this prominent New Jersey family. It is a 2 day on-site auction to settle an estate. The family has owned the house since the 1950's and Herb thinks it looks like a NJ "Godfather" lived here. (Of course, Herb knew the real one, Ruggiero (Richie the Boot) Boiardo when he was growing up.) This house in Morris Plains is beautiful and these people collected for many years. We are going through the items and there is so much here, we have to put things together in tray lots or WE WON'T FINISH IN 2 DAYS! You never know what you might find here.  

DAY 2: Auction starts at 10AM. Auto auctioned at noon: 1912 Renault Victoria Limousine with an appraisal & provenance.

1912 Renault Victoria Limo
12-20 HP Serial  # 680   Block # 11613 Engine # 1886B

VALUATION FROM ADVANCED AUTO APPRAISERS: "This vehicle has been meticulously restored in every detail. It is a rare car with very few still in existence. Another one of these vehicles can be seen in the movie the Titanic. Because of the rarity of this auto, it is a very difficult process to estimate the value of this vehicle. Using compatibles, of other Limos of that era. Adding a 60% increase for rarity, this vehicle is valued at approximately $110,000." (Appraisal is 20 years old.)
RESERVE TO BE ANNOUNCED. Please SCROLL TO BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE to read the story of Renault written by its last owner.
Lots of cement lawn ornaments including deer & religious statues, yard jockeys & elves, REALLY NICE outdoor furniture including cast wrought iron set/ grape pattern, car parts, license plates, tools, and who knows what else. We are still figuring this out as we go along. Plan to come both days. Whatever we haven't sold on Saturday, we will sell on Sunday. EVERYTHING MUST GO!

Partial list: (most will be sold on Saturday but somethings may carry over): Lionel trains, track, & accessories in original boxes (SEE COMPLETE LIST ON OUR WEB SITE - click on "NEXT AUCTION/PHOTOS" & then click on "TRAIN LIST/TERMS" link), many clocks, pocket watches, early Employees Time Clock from the International Time Recording Co.of New York, local & historical ephemera, postcard collection, stereo-optic cards, books, Olympic Park pony cart, juke box, Railroad lanterns, bronzes, baby coffin, Monmouth Park jockey scale, lots of cement lawn ornaments including deer & religious, yard jockeys & elves, REALLY NICE outdoor furniture including iron set, Victorian & other antique furniture, mid-century, carved bar w/copper top & lion heads, many benches, barber chair, mirrors, lamps, rugs, rockers, stools, lingerie dresser, secretary with bookcase top, mid century Frigidaire (working), artwork, many pictures, at least 3 mounted sailfish, jewelry, Victorian jewelry boxes, purses, pocketbooks, trunks filled with Victorian and other clothing, furs, hats, derbies & others in boxes, umbrellas, linens, table cloths, quilts, curtains, Lionel trains, stroller from Manasquan Suffragette parade, so many dolls, games, toy trucks, models, banks, jardinieres, pitcher & bowl sets, Royal Doulton, Wedgewood, cut glass, figurines, statues, dog collections, silver, brass, coins, records, child's drum set, at least 2 acoustic guitars, piano, Victorian organ, mantlers, deer heads, golf items, wooden clubs, trophies, phones, church kneeler,
We will be adding more photos the week of the auction as we are setting up, so please keep checking back. Preview on Sunday is 9:30 AM.



TERMS: Cash & credit cards only. 13% Buyers Premium (discounted to 10% for cash). Auto has a 4% BP. A non-refundable deposit of $7,500 cash or Bank Certified/Cashiers check to be paid day of sale. Balance to be paid by wire transfers only!

No checks. Statements made day of sale take precedence.

Items must be taken day of sale.

There will be food BY MEG and limited seating so you may want to bring  your own chair. Bring boxes and packing material.

We are 45 minutes from New York City, 1 hour from Point Pleasant, NJ and 40 miles from the Delaware Water Gap.
There is street parking and you can also park
at the Trinity Lutheran Church - 131 Mountain Way almost at the corner of Juniper on Sunday 12 noon to 6 PM. 


Louis Renault founded his auto plant in Fre’res Bellancourt, Seine France in 1898 with his two brothers. In 1912 Renault in Fre’res offered no fewer than 15 various models. The bodies of the cars were designed for and by the customer. About 90% of the body parts were made in the United States.

This restored Renault is a 1912 Victoria Limousine with 12/20 horse power. The probable top speed is about 30 miles per hour, say going downhill with the wind at your back. This is the 680th model of this car in 1912. Today, only a few may be found in this kind of condition.

The original owner was a Madame Alda of New York City. She was a Metropolitan Opera singer who was friends of John McCormack, Jim Brady – known as Diamond Jim and Mrs. Ray Dennis of Convent Station, NJ. At one time a Mrs. Lila Armond owned this car. She was a stock broker and sold or gave the Renault to Mrs. Ray Dennis. After about 20 years, Mrs. Dennis gave the car to her chauffeur, Mr. George Worley of Morristown, New Jersey. Mr. Worley later traded in the car to Frank Frost, a Ford Dealer on Bank Street in Morris Town, NJ. From there it was sold in 1948 to a corporation known as Weiss-Havell-Havell-Pennimpede that collected old cars.
In 1961, I bought this Renault, a 1908 Reo, 1911 Cadillac, 1928 Dort and a 1917 Dodge. All the cars were restored by me and I sold them to collectors except for the Renault.

The Renault was in my possession for 31 years before restoration was begun. Not until January 9, 1992 did we start to restore this fine car. Starting from the frame up, approximately 1200 hours was spent in time on engine work, de-rusting, painting, upholstery, etc.

It has been a pleasure and fun for me to achieve such projects. The Renault is the last car that I will restore for my family and customers. After 42 years in the gas station business, I am in the process of retiring. My Sunoco, later known as “Lou’s Gas and Go Station” will be out of business. In those many years, I have restored about 28 cars. Each car has its memories, headaches, and love. Cars were my life’s work and if this was to be done over again, I would do the same thing.

I would like to give my many thanks to a fine person, my dearest friend and pal, Mr Vincent Pennimpede of Morristown, New Jersey. He, above all, helped me in so many ways to understand old cars.

Louis Beneduce
January 11, 1995

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