Rennen Automotive was founded in 1950 by Martin Rennen in Queens, New York, by Martin Rennen as a producer of racing engines.
Originally, 2-liter Flat-6 engines were made, many of which made their way to Mille MIglia, propelling some of the most successful cars at the race. Martin’s true dream, however, was the produce sports cars for the people. With the end of the Mille Miglia, Rennen consolidated their money in order to produce their first machine, the Rennen Angeles, in 1964, despite nearing bankruptcy due to a lack of income. The original Angeles was a sleek 4-door sports saloon that appealed to a large audience; stylish and fast, it quickly solidified Rennen in the sports automobile market, with over 4000 units sold in the first year. It was praised for it’s light handling characteristics and smooth, powerful, and efficient flat-6. A more powerful, larger flat-6 would be used in the 1967 Rennen Kusanagi - Rennen’s second model. 5 years later, in 1972, there was a major revamp to the Angeles which turned it into a 2-door coupe and 4-door saloon while staying true to the soul of the original sports car. This new Angeles would introduce Rennen to the luxury car market.
Some of the most difficult times for the American car industry occured around the early 70s as the fuel crisis had hit America hard. Rennen responded quickly in 1974 using their newfound expertise with the European market through the introduction of the compact Caelum which had an efficient yet balanced flat-4, 5 seats, and semi-independent rear suspension. This innovative new engineering would help the Caelum become a world-seller, which in turn also was highly beneficial to Rennen and allowed the release of the large luxury Valouria Saloon in 1976. As of 1980, Rennen was the 4th largest American car company, and the only successful American luxury car company in Europe and Asia.
The 1980’s sought out a change for Rennen. After the hit of the 1970’s, the 80’s was a breath of fresh air. Technology in Rennen automobiles were being unveiled constantly, and more electronic driver aids meant that the Valouria and others were able to transform into class-leading cars in design, innovation, and driving dynamics. The very first Rennen SUV, the RA-RV (Rennen All-Road Vehicle) was revealed in 1982, featuring all of the power and prowess of other Rennen’s but with the addition of a luxuriously appointed interior and all-terrain capability.
The 1990’s continued this luxury trend, with the ultra-luxury Atrani releasing in 1990 at the Geneva Motor Show. Now available with an all-new 6 Liter V12, the Atrani was the pinnacle of Rennen’s lineup. A year later, the Apophis Coupe was released, combining the luxurious style of the Atrani with the sportiness found in Rennen’s “R” lineup. The Angeles, with the Coupe being popular with tuners for it’s ease of making power, was one of our best selling cars along with the Caelum, accumulating over 150,000 global units in the year 1993. The new 1996 Angeles was named Motor Trend 's COTY, and Rennen remained a consistent visitor at Car and Driver’s 10 Best list. Also in 1996 came the new Kusanagi, which had been halted for 10 years due to prioritizing Rennen as a luxury sports company and development.
Rennen, since it’s small roots in Queens, has sought out to elevate themselves constantly to an even higher quality standard. The Caelum has consistently been more efficient, more fun, and more comfortable. In 2007, the first midsize luxury Rennen SUV was created, and in 2014 the first compact Rennen SUV was born. Today, all of our cars keep the soul made by the “Angel”. They follow the quality and sportiness that is expected of such a company. Our wide lineup will surely satisfy all of your niche desires. Only the most paramount driving experience and superior quality is expected from our lineup. Because when you buy a Rennen, you will be delivered perfection in performance.
Our current lineup
Caelum Luxury Sports Compact (1972+)
Angeles Sports Saloon (1964+)
Valouria Luxury Saloon (1976+)
Atrani Ultimate Luxury Saloon (1990+)
Avenio Luxury Compact Crossover (2014+)
Pandion Luxury Crossover (2007+)
Apache Luxury SUV (1992-1997, 2003+)
Apophis Sports Grand Tourer (1991+)
Kusanagi Super Car (1967-1986, 1996-2009, 2016+)