1924 Delage
Lot 655
1924 Delage 14hp DIS Skiff Chassis no. 14796 Engine no. 1862S
£30,000 - 40,000
US$ 50,000 - 66,000
amended
Lot Details
1924 Delage 14hp DIS Skiff
Registration no. BF 9538
Chassis no. 14796
Engine no. 1862S

Footnotes


  • '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. In the 1920s, four- and six-cylinder D-series cars formed the mainstay of the company's touring car production. Introduced in 1924 and very well specified for its day, the DI sports model was powered by a 2.1-litre, overhead-valve engine rated at 14hp (RAC) and 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. DIS and DISS variants offered increased performance.
    This skiff-bodied DIS was discovered in France by a well-known collector of Delage cars, Mr John Champ (documentation and photographs on file). The car is pictured on a trailer in France outside the home of a Mr Perou. Its present owner met Mr Perou's son Eric, owner of a racing Delage, at Beaulieu and he kindly provided the photographs and some information about the car, which is understood to have been previously part of the collection of a Mr Dumont in France.
    The DIS was subsequently sold to Alan McKay, a prominent figure in Delage and Bugatti circles, and was purchased by the present owner having stood outside in Alan McKay's garden for many years. Nevertheless, the Delage started on the second turn of the handle. It did, however, need extensive restoration including the re-creation of the rear of the body, which had been removed.
    Mr Peter Jacobs of the Delage Register confirmed the year of manufacture and the model from the information supplied by the present owner, and much further research was undertaken prior to the restoration's commencement. Fortunately there were telltale marks on the running boards to indicate the original line of the body sections, and respected motoring authority David Burgess-Wise, owner of a well-known and elegant DISS, allowed the rear of his car to be measured and photographed as a guide to reconstruction.
    Completed in 2010, the restoration included new brake linings; new clutch lining; honed bores and new piston rings; cylinder head overhaul; magneto overhaul; exhaust overhaul; six new tyres; all six wheels overhauled and powder coated; interior re-trim; petrol tank repaired and relined to take modern unleaded fuel. An exhaust silencer has been manufactured and the pedal-operated cut-out is working. The electrics have been rewired where necessary.
    This car retains its original doors, running boards and fittings, scuttle, mahogany trim, 'V' windscreen, two spare wheel side-mounts, front head lights, aluminium bonnet and radiator. Noteworthy features include front brake Perrot shafts bolted directly to the chassis, external rear spring hangers and an open prop shaft, not a torque tube like the DI. The dashboard contains an impressive array of instruments consisting of a Nevex gauge and pump, AT speedometer and rev counter, oil gauge, inclinometer, Jaeger clock (all with Delage logo) together with a large Saint Christopher emblem and an engraved plaque. We are advised that some of the instruments need re-commissioning but all are complete and serviceable.
    The present owner has recently taken on a new project and needs the space occupied by the DIS, which is offered for sale with some aspects of the restoration as yet unfinished. This highly desirable Vintage-era sports model from one of France's premier makes comes with sundry restoration invoices, current MoT/tax and Swansea V5C document. A DISS cylinder head is the only notified deviation from factory specification.

Saleroom notices

  • There are no restoration invoices on file. The seller is more than happy to discuss the work carried out with prospective buyers. Please ask a member of Bonhams staff for contact details.
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