1923 Delage 14hp DIS Tourer  Chassis no. 22800

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Lot 110
1923 Delage 14hp DIS Tourer
Coachwork by Carrosserie Kelsch Registration no. DR 3634 Chassis no. 22800

Sold for £ 49,450 (US$ 66,702) inc. premium
1923 Delage 14hp DIS Tourer
Coachwork by Carrosserie Kelsch

Registration no. DR 3634
Chassis no. 22800
*Premier French make
*High-quality sporting car
*Formerly part of Dr Robin Barnard's private collection
*Restored in 2009

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. In the 1920s, four- and six-cylinder D-series cars formed the mainstay of the company's touring car production. Introduced in 1924 and very well specified for its day, the DI sports model was powered by a 2.1-litre, overhead-valve engine rated at 14hp (RAC) and 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. DIS and DISS variants offered increased performance.

    This DIS carries boat-tail tourer coachwork by Carrosserie Kelsch of Levallois-Perret, Seine, a company that specialised in lightweight sporting bodies on quality chassis. Built in 1927 and first registered in 1928, this Delage was owned formerly by the well-known collector Dr Robin Barnard of Chiddingfold, forming part of his private collection for many years. It comes with what is presumed to be Dr Barnard's hand-written logbook, commencing in 1954, detailing journeys undertaken, mileage totals, parts purchased, maintenance carried out, operating instructions, etc (perusal highly recommended). The logbook is annotated: 'Presumably was supplied originally by Davis Garage, Buckwell St, Plymouth.'

    Sold from the Barnard Collection to the current owner circa 2005, the Delage was restored in 2009 (bills available) and is described by the private vendor as in generally good condition with excellent chassis and bodywork. A higher than standard axle ratio is the only notified deviation from factory specification.

    This highly desirable Vintage-era sports model from one of France's premier makes comes with an old-style logbook, V5C Registration Certificate, and the aforementioned restoration invoices. A quantity of spares to include an engine, rack-and-pinion set, radiator, and carburettor - all said to be in good condition - is included in the sale.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note that the Delage is a 1927 model and NOT 1923 as catalogued. The Car is offered with a 'crown wheel and pinion set' NOT 'rack and pinion set and the Chassis number should read - 24228. Please also note, that the we haven't been able to locate the restoration invoices. Please also note the correct chassis number is 24428.
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1923 Delage 14hp DIS Tourer  Chassis no. 22800
1923 Delage 14hp DIS Tourer  Chassis no. 22800
1923 Delage 14hp DIS Tourer  Chassis no. 22800
1923 Delage 14hp DIS Tourer  Chassis no. 22800
1923 Delage 14hp DIS Tourer  Chassis no. 22800
1923 Delage 14hp DIS Tourer  Chassis no. 22800
1923 Delage 14hp DIS Tourer  Chassis no. 22800
1923 Delage 14hp DIS Tourer  Chassis no. 22800
1923 Delage 14hp DIS Tourer  Chassis no. 22800
1923 Delage 14hp DIS Tourer  Chassis no. 22800
1923 Delage 14hp DIS Tourer  Chassis no. 22800
1923 Delage 14hp DIS Tourer  Chassis no. 22800
1923 Delage 14hp DIS Tourer  Chassis no. 22800
1923 Delage 14hp DIS Tourer  Chassis no. 22800
1923 Delage 14hp DIS Tourer  Chassis no. 22800
1923 Delage 14hp DIS Tourer  Chassis no. 22800
1923 Delage 14hp DIS Tourer  Chassis no. 22800
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