Delage D6 tourer 1915
Lot 392
Delage D6 tourer 1915
€ 160,000 - 190,000
US$ 180,000 - 220,000

Lot Details
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Delage D6 tourer 1915
Carrosserie Labourdette
Châssis n° 3643

•Marque française de prestige
•Très rare carrosserie
•Construite par Jean-Marie Prince
•Vendue avec sa remorque à bagages

« Louis Delâge fut à l'origine d'une part importante de la tradition et de l'héritage de l'âge d'or de l'industrie automobile française. Les Delage ont tout ce qui fait « la belle voiture française », au même titre que les Bugatti, les Hispano-Suiza et, plus tard, les Talbot-Lago, qui ont poussé les carrossiers français à créer de véritables œuvres d'art roulantes. » Willim Stobbs, Les Grandes Routières - France's Classic Grand Tourers.

Fondé en 1905 par Louis Delâge en collaboration avec Augustin Legros, un ami ingénieur diplômé des Arts et Métiers, les Automobiles Delage commencèrent par produire un runabout à moteur monocylindre De Dion et, au bout de quelques années, offraient des modèles multicylindres. La valeur publicitaire de la compétition fut utilisée dès les origines, une Delage monocylindre remportant la Coupe des voiturettes dès 1908 et Louis Delâge, lui-même, gagnant la Coupe de l'Auto sur une quatre cylindres 3 litres en 1911. Des victoires au Grand Prix du Mans et aux 500 Miles d'Indianapolis furent remportées avant la première guerre, la marque devenant l'une des forces majeures en Grand Prix dans les années 1920 et établissant un nouveau record de vitesse sur terre en 1924 avec une V12 à soupapes en tête de 10, 7 litres. Les publicités de Delage avaient dès lors tous les droits de chanter les louanges de celles qui étaient – incontestablement – les plus raffinées des automobiles françaises de l'époque : « les Delage ont à leur crédit plusieurs records du monde, y compris le championnat du monde, et plus de prix dans les principaux concours d'élégance qu'aucune autre voiture au monde. À ces accomplissements, les Delage en ajoutent un troisième. Elles offrent le plus haut degré de luxe et de performance pour le prix que peut payer l'automobiliste moyen ».

Cette D6 a été construite par Jean-Marie Prince, un important collectionneur de Delage de Bordeaux, en utilisant les pièces de plusieurs modèles Delage. Elle dispose du type de moteur conforme (BK) et arbore une carrosserie tourer dans le style de Labourdette. Une remorque à bagages deux roues est incluse dans la vente.

1915 Delage D6 Tourer
Coachwork by Labourdette
Chassis no. 3643

•Premier French make
•Very rare coachwork
•Built by Jean Marie Prince
•Comes with luggage trailer

'Louis Delage created an important part of the tradition and heritage of the automotive golden age in France. Delage cars have all that is meant by 'La belle voiture française', together with Bugattis, Hispano-Suiza and, later, Talbot-Lago, which inspired France's coachbuilders to produce moving works of art.' William Stobbs, Les Grandes Routières - France's Classic Grand Tourers.

Founded in 1905 by Louis Delage in collaboration with Augustin Legros, a fellow engineer-graduate of an Arts et Métiers college, Automobiles Delage commenced production with a single-cylinder De Dion-engined runabout and within a few years was offering multi-cylinder designs. The publicity value of racing was recognised right from the start, a single-cylinder Delage winning the Coupe Des Voiturettes as early as 1908 and Louis himself taking the 1911 Coupe de l'Auto in a 3-litre four-cylinder. Victories at the Grand Prix du Mans and the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race were achieved prior to WWI, the company going on to become a major force in Grand Prix racing in the 1920s and setting a new World Land Speed Record mark in 1924 with a 10.7-litre overhead-valve V12. Delage's publicity had every right to sing the praises of what - arguably - was the finest French car of its day: '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.'

This particular D6 was built by Jean Marie Prince, a prominent Delage collector from Bordeaux, France using parts from more than one Delage model. It has the correct type of engine (BK) and carries tourer coachwork of a very rare style by Labourdette. A two-wheel luggage trailer is included in the sale.
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