c.1906 Delahaye 10/12 CV Type 28 Roi-des-Belges  Chassis no. 2062
Lot 105
c.1906 Delahaye 10/12 CV Type 28 Roi-des-Belges
Chassis no. 2062
Sold for € 14,950 (US$ 16,835) inc. premium

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c.1906 Delahaye 10/12 CV Type 28 Roi-des-Belges  Chassis no. 2062 c.1906 Delahaye 10/12 CV Type 28 Roi-des-Belges  Chassis no. 2062
c.1906 Delahaye 10/12 CV Type 28 Roi-des-Belges
Chassis no. 2062
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. At the very end of 1897 the company was reformed as "E. Delahaye & Cie" under Léon Desmarais, diplômé de l'École centrale des arts et manufactures, and his brother-in-law, the Parisian industrialist Georges Morane, a "fervent automobiliste" and one of the Delahaye marque's earliest customers. Car production was transferred to a new factory in the Rue Banquier in Paris; Emile Delahaye went into virtual retirement.
At the time of the move to Paris, Desmarais and Morane hired two talented engineers who would guide the company through the next four decades, Charles Weiffenbach, in charge of production, and Amédée Varlet, who would design the engines and chassis of all Delahaye's touring cars as well as the fire engines for which the make would become famous.
Varlet developed new front-engined chassis to replace the rear-engined designs from Tours, their power units given the generic name "Titan", perhaps to show their superiority to the "Centaure" engines of the rival Panhard & Levassor marque.

The car offered here is an example of the 10/12 CV Type 28 introduced at the 1905 Paris Salon and powered by a twin-cylinder 1.5-litre "Titan" engine. With a three-speed transmission, high tension magneto, shaft drive and pressed steel chassis, it represented the very latest thinking in car design at its launch and proved deservedly popular, remaining in production until 1910.
Its shapely Roi-des-Belges body, its lines apparently influenced by the welcoming chairs in the boudoir of the mistress of the King of the Belgians, is a splendid example of Edwardian coachbuilding, complete with folding hood and a fine set of oil and acetylene lamps. The subject of an older restoration, this Delahaye is a rare survivor of a marque that was deservedly popular in its day and would make an ideal mount for any "brass era" rally after careful recommissioning.

Cette Delahaye est un exemplaire du Type 28 10/12 CV présenté au Salon de Paris 1905 et doté d'un moteur bicylindre 1,5 litre « Titan ». Avec une boîte à trois rapports, une magnéto à haute tension, une transmission par arbre et un châssis en tôle emboutie, elle est à l'avant-garde de la technique en son temps et son succès la maintiendra en production jusqu'en 1910. Sa belle carrosserie dite Roi-des-belges, avec ses lignes qui semblent inspirées par celles du mobiler de l'accueillant boudoir de la maîtresse du Roi des Belges, est un superbe exemple de carrosserie de la belle époque, complète avec sa capote repliable et un bel ensemble de phares et de lanternes à pétrole et acétylène. Objet d'une ancienne restauration, cette Delahaye, une rare survivante des productions de la marque très appréciées à l'époque, sera le véhicule idéal pour les rallies d'ancêtres après une révision sérieuse et soignée.

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  • This car is not an original, but is built with original spare parts
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