<B>1936 DELAGE D8-100 <i>COUP&#201; CHAUFFEUR</i><BR />Coachwork by Franay<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 50770<BR />Engine no. 50770

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Lot 181
1936 DELAGE D8-100 COUPÉ CHAUFFEUR
Coachwork by Franay

US$ 350,000 - 400,000
£ 290,000 - 330,000
Amended
1936 DELAGE D8-100 COUPÉ CHAUFFEUR
Coachwork by Franay

Chassis no. 50770
Engine no. 50770

4,302cc SOHC Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
105bhp at 3,600rpm
4-Speed Cotal Electro-Magnetic Transmission
Leaf Spring Suspension
4-Wheel Lockheed Hydraulic Drum Brakes

*Exquisite and rare coachwork by one of the world's most coveted coachbuilders
*1 of 4 cars specially ordered by Delage for the 1936 French Concours d'Elegance season
*The oldest surviving Delage D8-100 and sole survivor of the style
*High-quality older restoration that presents well
*Luxurious interior with beautiful marquetry



THE DELAGE D8

In 1935, headed by British-born entrepreneur Walter Watney, Delahaye took over the ailing Delage company. The same year, a new Delage sales and marketing company called SNAD was established. In the new scheme of things, Delahaye was to become a sporting marque, while Delage would be positioned at the top of the luxury market. At the Paris Salon in October 1935, a new range of 4 and 6 cylinder cars was shown, but for the 8 cylinder cars, it was last year's models. As a consequence, there was a pressing need to present a new 8-cylinder chassis. As development money was tight and time was short, this new chassis was to be an evolution of the pre-1935 D8-105 model, and work commenced in January 1936.

Delage 8-cylinder engine tooling was no longer available, so two cylinders were grafted onto the block of the existing 3,227 cc 6-cylinder engine that powered the successful Delahaye 135 model. In spite of using a mixture of current Delahaye as well as newly designed parts, the resulting 4.3 liter 8-cylinder engine was a paragon of smooth and quiet running. A Panhard automatic gearbox was considered in the early development stages. In the end, however, and once again in the interest of silence and smooth operation, the highly successful Cotal electro-magnetic unit, which was used by a number of contemporary French luxury makes, was specified. The first D8-100 prototype was type-approved on June 24, 1936, with deliveries commencing soon thereafter. The resulting chassis was both appealing and desirable, while considerably lighter and with better road manners than its over-large competitors such as the mammoth Hispano-Suizas, Rolls-Royce Phantom or Packard V12 models. Within a short period of time, the D8-100 chassis, along with its slightly more powerful sister-model the D8-120, became the absolute queens of the French concours circuit, as the most prominent French carrossiers flocked to clothe them with their finest creations.


THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

Chassis 50770 is a rare survivor from the Golden Age of the Concours d'Elegance in France. To rebrand Delage as a maker of superior luxury chassis, the newly formed SNAD company placed an order for four chassis to be bodied for the French 1936 summer Concours season. In order to attract both sales and notoriety amongst the wealthy elite that attended the concours, each chassis was to carry a unique signature design by a superior coachbuilder, including Franay, Chapron and DeVillars.

Chassis 50770 is one of these four very special cars. It is one of the very first D8-100 chassis laid down as the chassis number is only five digits away from the prototype (50775) and is the oldest surviving D8-100. Upon completion, chassis 50770 was handed over to the Carrosserie Franay, renowned in France as architect of the most exquisitely made and opulent formal carrosseries that money could buy. If one wanted a sporting car, one went to Figoni et Falaschi. If chic and distinctive luxury that would enhance the owner's reputation for bon goût was desired, Franay was the coachbuilder of choice. According to Delage historian Daniel Cabart, Franay built a mere six cars on the D8-100 chassis from 1936 to 1939. Five of these were variations on the sumptuous coupé chauffeur, or Sedanca, body style mounted on chassis 50770, the main difference being the rear end and trunk treatments. Chassis 50770 is the only survivor.

The car was shown by Franay at the prestigious summer concours at Deauville on July 14, 1936. This is substantiated by Marius Franay's signature on the existing period photograph. Although it cannot be conclusively established as the license plate is not visible, it is the opinion of Daniel Cabart that the white D8-100 coupé chauffeur displayed on the Franay stand at the October 1936 Salon may very likely also have been 50770. The car remained in France until the mid-1950s, a period image exists of it on the streets of Paris in 1955. At some point it was purchased by an American collector, a Mr. Frederick Z. Tycher of Dallas, Texas. Tycher performed a restoration of 50770 and repainted it in a light gray color. The car is pictured in this livery in Automobile Quarterly, Volume XIV, Number 2, Second Quarter, 1976.

Sometime later, 50770 was given a second restoration in black with delicate blue pinstriping on the beltline and refined gray cloth to the rear compartment, offset by handsome Art Deco woodwork. According to Daniel Cabart, this restoration is exceptionally correct, avoiding the regrettable excesses seen in some older restorations. The interior conforms to period documents of similar cars, and the engine bay is irreproachable from the point of view of correctness.

The classic and formal, yet uniquely French and stylish lines of this coupé chauffeur exude refined good taste from every line and from any angle. The restrained color combination brings out the proportions, while the distinctive marquetry and subtle chrome accents lend a light élan and flair to a body type which is often characterized by too massive proportions and a somber aspect. As presented by Franay in Deauville in 1936, the spectators were left in no doubt that a formal carriage could be just as elegant as any sporting design. Chassis 50770 represents a singular opportunity to acquire an exceptional French car with superb period provenance which in its own way epitomizes the very nature of the concours d'elegance as it existed in prewar Europe. A remarkable automobile, which by that token should be welcomed today anywhere its new curator may choose to show it.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note that this car is titled as a 1937 and under its Serie number 341DY75. Furthermore, its title is in transit.
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<B>1936 DELAGE D8-100 <i>COUP&#201; CHAUFFEUR</i><BR />Coachwork by Franay<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 50770<BR />Engine no. 50770
<B>1936 DELAGE D8-100 <i>COUP&#201; CHAUFFEUR</i><BR />Coachwork by Franay<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 50770<BR />Engine no. 50770
<B>1936 DELAGE D8-100 <i>COUP&#201; CHAUFFEUR</i><BR />Coachwork by Franay<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 50770<BR />Engine no. 50770
<B>1936 DELAGE D8-100 <i>COUP&#201; CHAUFFEUR</i><BR />Coachwork by Franay<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 50770<BR />Engine no. 50770
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<B>1936 DELAGE D8-100 <i>COUP&#201; CHAUFFEUR</i><BR />Coachwork by Franay<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 50770<BR />Engine no. 50770
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<B>1936 DELAGE D8-100 <i>COUP&#201; CHAUFFEUR</i><BR />Coachwork by Franay<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 50770<BR />Engine no. 50770
<B>1936 DELAGE D8-100 <i>COUP&#201; CHAUFFEUR</i><BR />Coachwork by Franay<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 50770<BR />Engine no. 50770
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