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Lot 266: Delage D6 70 TT by Western Coachworks

Cars & Motorcycles, Historics at Brooklands (26 May 2012)

Following the purchase of the Delage name by Walter Watney, the Paris agent for Delage in 1935, an agreement was reached that Delage cars would be manufactured in the Paris factory of Delahaye. Delahaye had already started production of the famous competition Type 135 model and Louis Delage persuaded Watney to create a single competition Delage with a three litre short stroke engine for the 1936 Le Mans. This race was never held due to the 1936 French general strike. The chassis number 50688 was then fitted with a beautiful fixedhead coupé body. For the rest of the year, the car carried off top prizes in the many Concours d'Elegance events. In 1937, the nine year old Yves Gerard said to his father Louis, 'You must come and see the beautiful car in the showroom of Walter Watney ', situated on his way to school on the Avenue Victor Emmanuel III. Louis saw it and bought it with coins from his one armed bandit company; the cash itself took an entire day to count! He was then persuaded to enter it in the 1937 Le Mans by his friend and co-driver, Jacques de Valance. Gerard proved to be an impressive and fearless driver winning the three litre class and taking 4th position overall. An outstanding achievement. For the remainder of 1937, he was given factory support and commissioned a lightweight body to be fitted by Figoni & Falaschi. This car proved highly successful, winning the Donington TT amongst other successes as well as competing several times at Brooklands. It is this body that was replicated in 1998 by Michael Sharpe of Western Coachworks, a well known coachbuilder, on this most elegant example presented here today and one of only two known in the UK. Since then, much work has been undertaken by the vendor including converting the engine to competition specification to include six exhaust ports, rebuilding the Cotal semi automatic gearbox, (a rare and much sought after feature), an alloy radiator and much more. This has resulted in a winning combination of class wins at Silverstone, Donington, Pembrey, Oulton Park, Shelsley Walsh, Mallory and overall winner of the 2010 St. Moritz Cresta Run Concours d'Elegance and the rally to Lake Como. It should also be noted that this car was a winner three years in succession at the world famous Prescott Hillclimb and has also competed regularly in the VSCC Set Three ODM competition for standard and modified cars again regularly winning its class. Presented in fully working order and raring to go, this rare sportscar also comes with the all important FIA Historic Technical Passport & VSCC buff form. The driving experience is outstanding, enhanced by the Cotal semi automatic gearbox, electrifying performance and the extraordinary view over the bonnet.

Lot Details
Auction Cars & Motorcycles
Historics at Brooklands, Brooklands
TypeCar
Lot Number266
Estimate£150000-£170000
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1939
Condition rating
Registration numberCGE 518
Mileage-
Chassis number51559
Engine number51743
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2