Lot 589: Delage DI Coup� Chauffeur
Delage have to their credit many world's records, including a world's championship, and more awards at the principal Concours d'Elegance than any other car in the world... To these achievements Delage have added a third and greater. They have made the highest known degree of luxury and performance available at the price the average motorist can pay.' Delage's publicity had every right to sing the praises of what - arguably - was the finest French car of its day. Founded in 1905 by Louis Delage, the company commenced production with a single-cylinder De Dion-engined runabout and within a few years was offering multi-cylinder designs. The publicity value of racing was recognised right from the start, a single-cylinder Delage winning the Coupe Des Voiturettes as early as 1908 and Louis himself taking the 1911 Coupe de l'Auto in a 3-litre four-cylinder. Victories at the Grand Prix de France at Le Mans and the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race were achieved prior to WWI, the company going on to become a major force in Grand Prix racing in the 1920s and setting a new World Land Speed Record mark in 1924 with a 10.7-litre overhead-valve V12. Four-cylinder DI and six-cylinder DM cars formed the mainstay of the company's touring car production in the 1920s. Introduced in 1924, and very well specified for its day, the DI was powered by a 2.1-litre, overhead-valve engine driving via a four-speed gearbox, and came with four-wheel brakes. A beautifully balanced fast touring car, it possessed exceptional performance, with comfortable suspension, light and responsive steering and good roadholding, yet was rugged enough to withstand the punishment meted out by cobbled roads. This Delage DI has been fully restored by a private collector and fitted with coup� chauffeur coachwork, invoices on file indicating that most of the work was carried out during the 1990s by Carrosserie G Roche of Pont-�v�que and Carrosserie Kaydjian of Pusignan. The accompanying history file also contains period photographs and others recording the stages of the restoration, together with a vehicle report (dated 14.10.2009). Finished in green with beige interior, this beautifully restored Vintage-era Delage is offered with the aforementioned history file and French Carte Grise.
Grand Palais Sale|
Bonhams, Paris, France
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