1925 Delage DI Tourer  Chassis no. D1 17976

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1925 Delage DI Tourer
Registration no. YL 768 Chassis no. D1 17976

Sold for £ 31,050 (US$ 42,562) inc. premium
1925 Delage DI Tourer
Registration no. YL 768
Chassis no. D1 17976
*Premier French make
*Re-bodied from a saloon
*Long-term ownership from 1964 to 2015
*Restored during the 1970s

Footnotes

  • '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.'

    Delage's publicity had every right to sing the praises of what - arguably - was the finest French car of its day. Founded in 1905 by Louis Delage, the company 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.

    Four-cylinder DI and six-cylinder DM cars formed the mainstay of the company's touring car production in the 1920s. Introduced in 1924, and very well specified for its day, the DI was powered by a 2.1-litre, overhead-valve engine driving via a four-speed gearbox, and came with four-wheel brakes. A beautifully balanced fast touring car, it possessed exceptional performance, with comfortable suspension, light and responsive steering and good roadholding, yet was rugged enough to withstand the punishment meted out by cobbled roads.

    This Delage DI tourer was acquired by Mike Highfield in 1964 and campaigned by him and his friend Anthony Heal during the late 1960s and 1970s. It was restored between 1970 and 1980, and fitted with a Kelsch-style boat-tail tourer body of Mike's own manufacture. The current vendor bought the Delage from Mike Highfield's family following his death in 2015. Offered with a V5 registration document, the car benefits from a recent rebuild of the 'L'Exhausteur' (Autovac) unit and is described as in generally excellent condition.
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1925 Delage DI Tourer  Chassis no. D1 17976
1925 Delage DI Tourer  Chassis no. D1 17976
1925 Delage DI Tourer  Chassis no. D1 17976
1925 Delage DI Tourer  Chassis no. D1 17976
1925 Delage DI Tourer  Chassis no. D1 17976
1925 Delage DI Tourer  Chassis no. D1 17976
1925 Delage DI Tourer  Chassis no. D1 17976
1925 Delage DI Tourer  Chassis no. D1 17976
1925 Delage DI Tourer  Chassis no. D1 17976
1925 Delage DI Tourer  Chassis no. D1 17976
1925 Delage DI Tourer  Chassis no. D1 17976
1925 Delage DI Tourer  Chassis no. D1 17976
1925 Delage DI Tourer  Chassis no. D1 17976
1925 Delage DI Tourer  Chassis no. D1 17976
1925 Delage DI Tourer  Chassis no. D1 17976
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