1924 Renault Type MH ‘Pioneer Spirit’ 6-wheeler

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1924 Renault Type MH ‘Pioneer Spirit’ 6-wheeler

1924 Renault Type MH ‘Pioneer Spirit’ 6-wheeler

This extraordinary machine was built for overland travel deep into Africa during the 1920s. Conceived to connect Algeria and French West Africa, areas not yet linked by rail, the six-wheeled MH was designed to travel across Saharan sand without sinking.

In fact, it was actually a 12-wheeler, each axle carrying four wheels to spread the Renault’s weight.

In 1923 it completed its first mission, reaching Tozeur in Tunisia from Touggourt in Algeria in two days, but a journey the following year was more spectacular still, the MH travelling from southern Algeria to Cape Town, covering 23,000 kilometres and crossing 35 rivers.

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