1933 Delage D8 Foursome Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 36240 Engine no. 1823
Lot 328
1933 Delage D8 Foursome Drophead Coupé
Registration no. JJ 7490 Chassis no. 36240 Engine no. 1823
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1933 Delage D8 Foursome Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 36240 Engine no. 1823 1933 Delage D8 Foursome Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 36240 Engine no. 1823 1933 Delage D8 Foursome Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 36240 Engine no. 1823 1933 Delage D8 Foursome Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 36240 Engine no. 1823 1933 Delage D8 Foursome Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 36240 Engine no. 1823 1933 Delage D8 Foursome Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 36240 Engine no. 1823 1933 Delage D8 Foursome Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 36240 Engine no. 1823 1933 Delage D8 Foursome Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 36240 Engine no. 1823
1933 Delage D8 Foursome Drophead Coupé
Registration no. JJ 7490
Chassis no. 36240
Engine no. 1823

Footnotes

  • In its day, the Delage D8 was the only French car which could be mentioned in the same breath as the 32CV Hispano-Suiza in terms of elegance and engineering excellence, while the Delage factory at Courbevoie was the most modern in the French industry, equipped with the finest tools that money could buy.
    Founded in 1905 by Louis Delage, the company had 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 3.0-litre four-cylinder. Victories at the Grand Prix du 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 V12.
    Four-cylinder DI and six-cylinder DM models formed the mainstay of touring car production in the 1920s, and then at the 1929 Paris Salon Delage launched the Maurice Gaultier-designed D8. A magnificent 4.0-litre overhead-valve straight eight featuring an X-braced chassis and servo-assisted braking, the D8 was destined to attract the creative attentions of Europe's finest coachbuilders. 'This thoroughbred of engineering was given outstanding coachwork by Chapron, Figoni, Letourneur et Marchand, Saoutchik, Labourdette, Vanden Plas, Freestone & Webb, Barker, Pourtout, Fernandez & Darrin; they all wanted to show what they could do with it,' observed William Stobbs in his book Les Grandes Routières - France's Classic Grand Tourers. The impressive list of D8 owners included King Gustav V of Sweden, King Alexander of Yugoslavia and Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia as well as leading businessmen, politicians and film stars of the day.
    Chassis number '36420' carries most elegant three-position foursome drophead coupé
    coachwork by an unidentified coachbuilder, though clearly constructed in period. The car was purchased by the current owner at Bonhams' Goodwood Revival Sale in 2008 (Lot 330). Amazingly, the Delage had spent the preceding 51 years in the same private collection, which also included Bentley, Talbot-Darracq, Hispano-Suiza and Isotta-Fraschini marques, having been discovered in a friend's uncle's garage in 1957.
    Some 16 or so years ago the substantially original car was entrusted to Briardale Workshops for the first stage of restoration, involving essentially mechanical and chassis work. Subsequently, vintage restorer John Selway was commissioned to take the work further, including preparation and painting of the coachwork in its present green and cream livery, rebuilding of the steering box, restoration of the instruments and a total rewire of the electrics. Among other works undertaken, the Marchal headlamps were repaired and re-plated, the hood frame reworked and covered in beige mohair, brown carpets fitted, replacement running boards manufactured and
    other more minor tasks completed. The car passed its MoT test in March 2008 but subsequently saw little use as 2nd gear required attention. While in the current ownership the gearbox has been rebuilt by West Hoathly Garage, East Sussex, the clutch being reconditioned, carburettors overhauled and a general service carried out at the same time (see bill for £13,500 on file dated January 2010).
    This handsome French motor car is equipped with the aforementioned Marchal lighting, Duolamp rear lights, rear-mounted spare wheel and windscreen visor, and sits on 7.00 x 18 tyres. The interior is upholstered in brown leather, matching the carpets. Although the preceding owner's brief was not to prepare the Delage to concours standards, we feel that with just a little further attention to detail it would be well placed for presentation at premier Concours d'Elegance events. The car is offered with old-style buff logbook (issued 1946), Swansea V5C document, MoT to March 2012 and a detailed list of major elements of the restoration work carried out.
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