No reserve, 1924 Delaunay-Belleville P4B Skiff  Chassis no. 12647

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Lot 204
No reserve, 1924 Delaunay-Belleville P4B Skiff
Chassis no. 12647

Sold for € 12,650 (US$ 13,379) inc. premium
No reserve, 1924 Delaunay-Belleville P4B Skiff
Chassis no. 12647
Constructeur automobile depuis 1904, Delaunay-Belleville était déjà une puissante firme industrielle réputée pour ses chaudières marines qu'elle vendait à la Marine nationale et même à la Royal Navy. Louis Delaunay embaucha l'ingénieur Marius Barbarou, ancien collaborateur de Benz et de Clément, pour concevoir ses automobiles dont le premier type apparut au Salon de Paris de décembre 1904. Dès le début, les automobiles Delaunay-Belleville affichèrent une qualité exceptionnelle et, en quelques années, la marque se forgea une réputation qui la mit à parité avec Daimler, Panhard et Rolls-Royce. Caractérisés par leur radiateur et leur capot ronds, la plupart des modèles qui reçurent des carrosseries de grande classe furent conduits par des chauffeurs. Le constructeur Fernand Charron déclara un jour : « On ne conduit pas soi-même sa Delaunay – simplement, ça ne se fait pas ».

Une large gamme de modèles fut encore proposée après la Grande Guerre et l'un des plus petits, le type P4B de 2,6 litres, à moteur quatre cylindres à arbre à cames en tête, fut très admiré par W. O. Bentley.

La carrosserie de cette P4B, comprenant le capot, les ailes avant et arrière et les marchepieds, a été restaurée par un tôlier. La voiture a été re-carrossée dans le style « skiff », la structure en bois existante étant habillée de bois sur le dessus et de tôle d'acier sur les flancs. La peinture est neuve : rouge Delage pour la caisse et noir pour les ailes. Le vendeur nous a déclaré que le moteur n'était pas bloqué et qu'un second moteur était disponible. Les roues à rayons « fil » ont été rechaussées de pneus neufs et la voiture est accompagnée d'un lot de pièces de rechange dont un arbre de transmission et une magnéto.
Sans prix de Reserve


Motor manufacturers from 1904, Delaunay-Belleville was already a well-respected engineering firm, selling its steam boilers to, among others, the Royal Navy. Louis Delaunay recruited Marius Barbarou, formerly with Benz and Clement, to design his cars, the first of which appeared at the Paris Salon in December 1904. Right from the start, Delaunay-Belleville motor cars were of the finest quality and within a few years the firm had built a reputation that ranked it alongside Daimler, Panhard and Rolls-Royce. Characterised by their round radiator and bonnet, most models carried formal coachwork and were chauffeur driven; indeed, rival motor manufacturer Fernand Charron once declared, 'No owner ever drives his Delaunay – it just isn't done.' A wide variety of models continued to be offered after WWI, one of the smaller being the 2.6-litre P4B, the overhead-camshaft four-cylinder engine of which was much admired by W O Bentley.
This P4B's coachwork, including the bonnet, front/rear wings and running boards, has been restored by a sheet metal worker. The car has been re-bodied in 'skiff' style, the existing timber framework being panelled in wood on top and sheet metal on the sides. The paintwork is new: Delage red for the body and black for the wings. We are advised that the engine is not seized and that a second engine is available from the vendor. The wire-spoked wheels have been re-shod with four new tyres and a quantity of spare parts comes with the car, to include a propeller shaft and magneto.
No reserve
No reserve, 1924 Delaunay-Belleville P4B Skiff  Chassis no. 12647
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