1926 Delage DI Saloon
Lot 208
1926 Delage DI Saloon Chassis no. 19825 Engine no. 6448
€25,000 - 30,000
US$ 32,000 - 38,000

Lot Details
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1926 Delage DI Saloon
Coachwork by Arthur Boulogne, Paris

Chassis no. 19825
Engine no. 6448
Four-cylinder DI and six-cylinder DM cars formed the mainstay of Delage'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 particular Delage DI saloon was purchased by the current owner in 2005 from a dealer in France and has been in the Musée de Provence for most of the time since then. Interestingly, the vendor had tried to purchase the very same car 17 years previously while living in England. The owner (in the Ardenne region of France) told him that there was a lot of interest in the car and that it could not be reserved. Nevertheless, he travelled to France to purchase the Delage but it had already been sold. It then remained in a private collection for 17 years until 2005.
The car is presented in extremely original condition, the worn interior appearing to be completely original. There are some other nice original features, not often seen, such as original coachbuilder's plaques and the cap that fits where the crank handle would be inserted for starting. The car is offered with original Delage handbooks and French Carte Grise.

Les DI à quatre cylindres et les DM à six cylindres formèrent l'essentiel de la production de tourisme de Delage dans les années 1920. Introduite pour 1924 et très bien étudiée à l'époque, la DI est propulsée par un moteur quatre cylindres à soupapes en tête de 2,1 litres entraînant une boîte à quatre rapports et freinée sur les quatre roues. Belle voiture de tourisme très équilibrée, elle offre de remarquables performances, une suspension confortable, une direction légère et précise, une bonne tenue de route et une robustesse qui défiait les routes pavées.
Cette berline Delage DI acquise par l'actuel vendeur en 2005 chez un négociant français a été garée depuis cette date dans le Musée de Provence. On notera que le vendeur avait tenté d'acheter la même voiture 17 ans auparavant lors qu'il résidait en Angleterre. Le propriétaire (de la région des Ardennes) lui avait dit qu'en raison de l'intérêt suscité par la voiture, il ne pouvait la lui réserver. Il se rendit néanmoins en France pour l'acheter, mais elle avait été vendue. Elle resta dans une collection privée pendant 17 ans jusqu'en 2005.
La voiture se présente dans un état d'origine exceptionnel, l'intérieur, usé étant totalement original. Elle présente aussi quelques détails inhabituels comme la plaque originale du carrossier et la plaque qui obture le passage de la manivelle. La voiture est offerte avec le manuel Delage d'origine et sa carte grise française.

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