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Lot 519: Delahaye Type 48 Open Drive Opera Coupé

Grand Palais Sale, Bonhams (7 February 2013)

Founded in Tours in 1894 by Emile Delahaye, who had been building internal combustion engines for boats and stationary applications since the early 1880s, the marque bearing his name quickly established a reputation for reliability and originality of design. Unlike the vast majority of their contemporaries, Delahaye always made their own power units. This twin cylinder Delahaye is listed by the Veteran Car Club of Great Britain in their handbook as dating from 1911 and was clearly known to this organisation at one time, being formerly registered under the British number 'SL 10'. Such twin cylinder cars were popular for town use, providing a nimble chassis, upon which lighter weight formal carriages were common. This particular car may well have started life in this guise or have been configured later on in its life as such, it is not easy to discern this. All the same, its coachwork which resembles a turn of the century carriage, provides a commodious and well appointed compartment in which to travel. Like one of the Detroit Electrics, it seems that this car had also spent some time in the Sullivan Collection in Hawaii and returned to the UK in 1990, at the dispersal sale of this group of cars held under the gavel of Malcolm Barber, it was acquired by Charles H. Brown at that auction. Over the course of the last 22 years the Delahaye saw limited use, its only noted exhibition being at the Louis Vuitton Classic Concours d'Elegance at London's Hurlingham Club in 1997. As it stands today the car's external cosmetics show some age, although its upholstery remains in tidy order, but to our knowledge it has not been run for a number of years and we therefore recommend it be re-commissioned before being returned to the road. Once active again, it would provide an attractive and interesting entry for the local events of the Teuf Teuf Club and would also be eligible for the 'Singles and Twins' Rallies of the Veteran Car Club in the U.K.

Lot Details
Auction Grand Palais Sale
Bonhams, Paris, France
TypeCar
Lot Number519
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price€21000
Hammer Price (inc premium)€24150
Year1911
Condition rating3
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Mileage-
Chassis number5432
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