1937 Delage D8 120 Aerosport Coupe / 50789 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

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Aerosport Coupe
Designer: Letourneur et Marchand
Chassis #: 50789
Engine #: 812041
Vin #: DEL5078937
Sold for $825,000 at 2009 Automobiles of Arizona.
In 1936, the Delage D8-120 was introduced. It was given a modified Delahaye chassis and featured an advanced independent suspension in the front with a transverse leaf spring. Power was basically a Delahaye 135M six-cylinder unit, with the addition of two cylinders. The resulting displacement was 4.3-liters and horsepower was rated at 95. It would quickly grow in size and in power output to 4744cc and 115 horsepower. The D8-120 weighed approximately 3,700 pounds, meaning its eight-cylinder engine provided enough power and torque to propel it to speeds approaching 95 miles per hour. Many of Europe's leading coach builders were tasked with building designs atop the chassis. The short list of artisans includes Saoutchik, Chapron, Portout, and Letourner et Marchand being the most notable among them.

Letourner et Marchand built the elegant Aérosport coupes which have been considered by many to be the most attractive of these creations. It is believed that fewer than twenty were created, likely fourteen, built in two styles - the sporty fastback, and the elegant notchback coupe, referred to as Style 5677.

Marcel Letourner was the individual responsible for creating the design of the Aerosport bodies and is considered to be one of the greatest French designers of the 1930s. The coupes had long hoods, flowing fenders, and a unique pillarless design.

Production of the D8-120 last from 1936 through 1939. The D8-120 created such a sensation that it was invited to join the French government's automotive display at the 1939 New York World's Fair.

This example is chassis number 50789. It is believed to be the sole surviving example of approximately ten cars that were originally built with the notchback coupe body. The early history is mostly unknown. What is know is that it was sold new in France. Following World War II, it went to Australia where, after time, it fell into a state of disrepair - although complete. It had been involved in a front-end accident, and its fenders were replaced with incorrect ones from another car.

Richard Scott of Sidney, Ohio, discovered and purchased the car. It was shipped to the United States and treated to a restoration in preparation of the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. It was entered in the 2006 edition of the Pebble Beach Concours, where it earned a Second Place Award for European Classic 1925-1939 Closed automobiles.

In 2009, this very rare and elegant car was offered for sale at the Automobiles of Arizona auction presented by RM Auctions. The lot was estimated to sell for 1,000,000 - $1,500,000. As bidding came to a close, the car had been sold for the sum of $825,000 including buyer's premium.


By Daniel Vaughan | Jan 2010


2009 Automobiles of Arizona

Pre-Auction Estimates :
$1,000,000-$1,500,000 
Sale Price :
$825,000

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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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