1926 Delage DI 14hp Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. DI 18266 Engine no. 5240

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Lot 549
1926 Delage DI 14hp Drophead Coupé
Registration no. YP 7589 Chassis no. DI 18266 Engine no. 5240

Sold for £ 29,900 (US$ 40,985) inc. premium
1926 Delage DI 14hp Drophead Coupé
Registration no. YP 7589
Chassis no. DI 18266
Engine no. 5240

Footnotes

  • A 1926 advertisement placed by Delage's main UK agents, J Smith and Co, reads as follows: 'The Delage 14 HP car offers really exceptional value. The chassis specification includes 4-wheel brakes, 4 speeds, 4 cylinder O.H.V engine, 5 bearing crankshaft, etc. With English coachwork of the very highest quality it is a car for outstanding elegance.'
    It is believed that 'YP 7589' was supplied new in August 1926 to a Frenchman living in the UK. The well-constructed original coachwork is by the Brighton-based firm of Brigden & Co and incorporates some unique features. A letter in the car's history file records a conversation with an elderly gentleman who was a trimmer at Brigden's and remembered the car on account of its mouth-like, double-opening windscreen. Other information on file records that that 'YP 7589' spent some 20 years on museum display as part of the Klein Collection in the USA until it was re-imported to the UK in the 1970s. The car became known to the Delage club and to the VSCC, and in 1980 featured on the front cover of Thoroughbred & Classic Cars magazine. In 1995 the Delage found its way to Guernsey in the Channel Islands where it was used regularly by its enthusiast owner, taking part in numerous rallies and other events, covering just over 10,000 miles.
    Accompanying records indicate that the engine was rebuilt at 71,248 miles while in 2005 some additional mechanical and electrical work was undertaken at a cost of £4,000. We are advised that a thorough service was carried out recently. The paintwork has that wonderful patina that takes decades to achieve and would, to some minds, be spoiled by a repaint. The nicely arranged mahogany dashboard and cappings are original and in excellent order. Both door and side panels too are original, as is the leather hood and headlining, though as one may imagine, the 80-year old hood is showing its age. The front/rear seats and carpets have been re-trimmed in leather and Wilton carpeting respectfully.
    Very well engineered in the best Delage tradition and reportedly easy to drive, the DI was designed as a Grand Tourer and is capable of cruising at 65-70mph courtesy of its powerful 2.2 litre engine. 'YP 7589' is presented in a condition that suggests it has never been restored, exuding a charm rarely encountered among Vintage cars these days. Described as in generally good condition, it is offered with VCC dating certificate, old-style buff logbooks, FIVA documents, current road fund licence and Swansea V5. The most recent MoT certificate expired in August 2009 and it is hoped that a fresh one will have been obtained by time of sale.

Saleroom notices

  • The dating certificate and current tax disc are not present.
1926 Delage DI 14hp Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. DI 18266 Engine no. 5240
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