Only instanced copies render, the original doesn't

Hi, I have a car within a collection, instanced by vertices on a plane.

Problem: the original car doesn’t render - only the instances do. The visibility/rendering tags in Outliner seem to be set properly, same for the Instancer.

I don’t know where else to look. Using 2.93. Please help. Thanks!
Blend file is here

Isn’t that the wanted behaviour, the object to instance is only instanced on vertex or faces ?
Just extrude any point of your Plane and move it to the 0.0, 0.0 position.

I’m not so sure, the last time I did this (instancing with a grid), the original object did render. Now, it doesn’t. I’ll probably just duplicate the uninstanced original. Thanks.