Lot 227: Delage D6/70 Cabriolet
Founded near Paris in 1905 by Louis Delage, Delage went on to become one of the France's premier luxury car makers alongside Bugatti, Hispano Suiza, and Talbot Lago. Following much success in the following years, the backlash of the economic crisis of 1929 drastically affected the luxury car market. But Louis Delage would not admit defeat! In 1932 came the D6-11, two years later the D8-15. These two models, equipped with independent front wheels and an innovative engine were not quite enough to curb falling sales. On 20th April 1935 Delage went into liquidation, later to be bought by Delahaye as a means to position itself amongst the most prestigious car makers of the time. That venture though eventually failed, and the last car with a Delage badge rolled off the production line in 1953. Introduced at the October 1930 Paris Salon, the Delage D6 was designed by Maurice Gaultier, fitted with a 3045cc OHV engine and allied to a four-speed manual gearbox. Beautifully built, the D6 was based around a sturdy ladder frame chassis equipped with all round leaf-sprung suspension and four-wheel drum brakes. Outsold by its illustrious sibling - to which it was arguably too close in terms of both price and appeal - just 1,160 D6s are thought to have left the Parisian factory between 1930 and 1933. This beautiful 1937 example carries a cabriolet body designed by Henri Chapron and built in England by University Coachcraft. Owned by a Belgian collector for many years, the car has benefited from restoration to the bodywork, interior and mechanicals. Having spent considerable time in the south of France, the car was a regular contender in the rallies with the French Delage club. The engine was rebuilt around 3 years ago and has completed a nominal mileage since. Described as in good to excellent condition all round, this wonderful tourer is a fabulous addition to any serious collection.
Coys, Essen, Germany
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