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Lot 261: 1935 Delage D6/65 Drophead Coupe

Fine Motor Cars And The Jaguar Legend, Coys (24 June 2006)

From the late 1920s until 1936, Delage was one of the most highly respected manufacturers in the world, with an enviable reputation for innovative engineering and a glorious competition history. In 1935 it fell victim to the Depression - helped by Louis Delage's extravagant lifestyle - and was acquired by Delahaye. It was like a marriage between a middle-aged man and a younger wife, because Delahaye perked up and, from being a worthy, but dull, maker of touring cars, it took on a new lease of life. Delahaye suddenly started to produce cars which were as widely admired as Delage. Along with their highly successful competition cars, they also introduced a line of luxurious touring cars.Unfortunately after the war the history of Delage went the same way as many of their contemporaries. Although they managed to revive their model range after war, they could not keep up with the rest of the competition and the Delage/Delahaye/Hotchkiss imperium ceased to trade in 1953.The D6/65 model, produced from 1934 to 1935 was a construction of Delage's master engineer, Monsieur Michelat. As usual Delage was not short of innovative ideas and fitted a syncromesh gearbox to these models, a rare thing indeed for 1935! A race version of the model was produced in 1935 which competed in that year's Le Mans race. In the short production period the model proved very popular and 3,378 cars were produced. The very attractive D6/65 on offer here is possibly unique, as it is believed to have been ordered new by an English Gentleman who then commissioned an English coachbuilder to fit the attractive Drophead Coupe Bodywork which is still fitted to the car to this day.A keen horseman, the first owner fitted a period 'Jockey ion a horse' mascot, still riding high on the radiator.Having resided in a private Belgian collection for approximately 40 years, the vendor describes this car as being in very good condition throughout. Finished in ivory with a contrasting red interior and a black hood, the car has been professionally restored by the collector and is certainly a very handsome and striking appearance.A unique opportunity to purchase a very handsome pre-war Delage Convertible.

Lot Details
Auction Fine Motor Cars And The Jaguar Legend
Coys, Blenheim Palace
TypeCar
Lot Number261
Estimate£80000-£95000
Outcome NOT SOLD
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Year1935
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