1937 Delage D8 120 Aero Coupe / 51620 Chassis Information

1937 Delage D8 120 photograph

1937 Delage D8 120 photograph

1937 Delage D8 120 photograph

1937 Delage D8 120 photograph

1937 Delage D8 120 photograph

1937 Delage D8 120 photograph

1937 Delage D8 120 photograph

1937 Delage D8 120 photograph

1937 Delage D8 120 photograph

1937 Delage D8 120 photograph

1937 Delage D8 120 photograph

1937 Delage D8 120 photograph

1937 Delage D8 120 photograph

1937 Delage D8 120 photograph

1937 Delage D8 120 photograph

1937 Delage D8 120 photograph

1937 Delage D8 120 photograph

1937 Delage D8 120 photograph

1937 Delage D8 120 photograph

1937 Delage D8 120 photograph

1937 Delage D8 120 photograph

1937 Delage D8 120 photograph

1937 Delage D8 120 photograph

1937 Delage D8 120 photograph

1937 Delage D8 120 photograph

1937 Delage D8 120 photograph

1937 Delage D8 120 photograph

1937 Delage D8 120 photograph

1937 Delage D8 120 photograph

1937 Delage D8 120 photograph

1937 Delage D8 120 photograph

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Aero Coupe
Coachwork: Pourtout
Designer: Georges Paulin
Chassis #: 51620
The Delage was designed by Georges Paulin and built by the coach-builder Pourtout for Louis Delage's personal use, and very much to his careful design specifications. It is an experimental chassis, very low, ('surbaisse' in French) and features a 4.7-liter engine, the only car the company ever built to that specification. The design is totally unique and arguably one of the purest of line and most aerodynamic of the pre-war era. It is four-place and has a sizeable trunk with the original fitted luggage. The windshield is not only curved, revolutionary technology for the period, but also appears to be a single ribbon of glass from the rear around the front to the other side. The straight-eight D8-120 engine is largely aluminum, with three carburetors and develops about 160 horsepower. The transmission is a four-speed Cotal electromagnetic unit, and the car is a joy to drive comfortably at speeds up to 100 mph.

This car was built to be Louis Delage's personal automobile. The coachwork was completed by Marcel Pourtout as a 'conduit interieur sport' or sports saloon. The body alone cost 30,000 Francs.

Dealge was founded in 1905 by Louis Delage and began producing small two and four-cylinder cars which ran successfully in numerous races. Production was converted to munitions during World War I, and Delage began producing larger, more powerful cars after the Armistice was signed. Delages were aimed at the luxury market but would eventually succumb to financial pressures. Delahaye purchased Delage in 1935, and subsequently dismissed Louis Delage. He would eventually die in 1947, almost in poverty.

In 1936, Delage management decided to build an all new D8-120S (for surbaisse or low-slung) prototype chassis. The car features a large engine, increasing from 4,500 to 4,750 cc's and a considerably lower chassis which provided improved handling. It also features very streamlined aluminum coachwork, larger wheels and a more aggressive and better handling suspension.

This example lived in Europe until 1953 when it was imported to the United States. At some point prior to this, the coachbuilder, Saoutchik, restyled the grille and enlarged the rear window for reasons unknown. The current owners returned the car to its original as delivered configuration.

Aero Coupe
Coachwork: Pourtout
Designer: Georges Paulin
Chassis #: 51620
It was Delage founder Louis Delage who asked Marcel Pourtout to build this high-speed aerodynamic prototype (chassis 51620) for the 1937 Paris Auto Salon.

Georges Paulin was the chief stylist for Pourtout, and he accepted the challenge. He was also at work on the aerodynamic Embirlcos Bentley, and there are marked similarities between the two cars.

Upon its introduction, this Delage was lauded by the press. It was immediately recognized for being a milestone in streamlined styling.

Built on the D8-120 S chassis the automobile's suspension was lower than standard, adding to the drama of Paulin's design, which was simple and balanced. He used no chrome, no fancy accents, preferring instead to have the pure lines of the car speak for themselves. The lines and curves are all continuous. Nothing is allowed to stand out in a way that might detract from the overall effect, with everything tapering to the tail. Even the traditional Delage radiator tilts back into the body to create a more graceful profile.

The body shape was tested in a wind tunnel in France to ensure that it was aerodynamic.

The body was produced in aluminum, so the car is lightweight and the engine size was increased to 4,750 cc (up from the standard 4,300 cc). So the car definitely has power.

Of course, such things come with a price. The coachwork alone cost $30,000 French francs.

Delage liked the car so much that he kept it and used it for himself.


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Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1937 sales)
1937 Delage D8-120 Deltasport Three-Position Cabriolet
Chassis#: 51629
Sold for $770,000
  2013 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach
1937 Delage D8 120 image  1937 Delage D8 120 image  
1937 Delage D8 120 Drop Head Coupe
Sold for $605,000
  2010 Gooding and Company - Scottsdale Auction
1937 Delage D8 120 image  
1937 Delage D8 120
Sold for $825,000
  2009 Automobiles of Arizona
1937 Delage D8 120 image  1937 Delage D8 120 image  
1937 Delage D8 120 Drophead Coupe
Sold for $715,000
  2006 Monterey Sports & Classic Car Auction
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1937 Delage D8 120's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1937 Delage D8 120 Three Position Drophead Coupé507902019 Bonhams : Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais $650,000$750,000

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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Delage D8-1201936 Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Henri Chapron
Chassis information for the Delage D8 1201937 Roadster
Coachbuilder: deVillars
Chassis information for the Delage D8 1201937 Aerosport Coupe
Chassis Num: 50789
Engine Num: 812041
Chassis information for the Delage D8 1201937 Aero Coupe
Coachbuilder: Pourtout
Chassis Num: 51620
Chassis information for the Delage D8 1201937 Drop Head Coupe
Coachbuilder: Henri Chapron
Chassis Num: 51624
Chassis information for the Delage D8 1201937 Deltasport Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Henri Chapron
Chassis Num: 51629
Engine Num: 5454
Chassis information for the Delage D8-1201938 Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Henri Chapron
Chassis information for the Delage D8-1201938 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Letourner et Marchand
Chassis information for the Delage D8-1201938 Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Vanvooren
Chassis information for the Delage D8-1201939 Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Henri Chapron
Chassis information for the Delage D8-120 S1939 Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Saoutchik
Chassis information for the Delage D8-1201939 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Vanvooren
Chassis Num: 51618
Chassis information for the Delage D8-1201939 Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Henri Chapron
Chassis Num: 51760
Chassis information for the Delage D8-1201939 Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Henri Chapron
Chassis Num: 51980


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