1939 Delage Coupé

D6-75 Coach Panoramique par Letourneur et Marchand

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1939
  • Car type 
    Coupé
  • Lot number 
    16
  • Drive 
    RHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    White
  • Drivetrain 
    2wd
  • Fuel type 
    Petrol

Description

French title
Chassis n° 51815

- Exceptional design
- Restored mechanics
- Rare coach D6-75 Letourneur et Marchand
- No reserve

The economic crisis of 1929 plunged Delage into serious financial difficulties and its survival came from Delahaye who took it over in 1935. In parallel with the exclusive eight cylinder appears in 1932 the D6-11, equipped with an inline six cylinder which evolved each year, eventually becoming the successful D6 70, introduced in 1935. It evolved into the D6 75 in 1938 with an increased engine capacity of 2.8L, the basis of the famous post-war 3L.
The buyer of a chassis like this one could then choose a coachbuilder. In this case Letourneur et Marchand would be responsible for dressing this coach "Panoramic" in accordance to the drawing JEML4, based on a chassis D6 75 which left the factory in May 1939. This superb automobile was purchased by our collector from an enthusiast who had owned it since 1963 with two Hispano Suizas. This car had benefited from an old refurbishment, and then, in 2012, its mechanicals benefited from a complete refurbishment. The Cotal box was also overhauled, the brakes and the tank were restored, and electrical work partially redone. The five Dunlop tires were replaced in 2018. We were seduced by the grace of its lines highlighted by the pillarless front and rear windows. The finesse of the details and refinement of the interior are perfectly combined with the noble execution of the mechanics, whose bewitching sound we were able to appreciate during our test drive. This rare and exclusive car offers one of the most successful designs of its time.

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