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1937 Delage D8 120

Chassis number : 51629

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Sold for $770,000 at 2013 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach.
In 1906, Louis Delage constructed his first voiturette and by 1908, his light cars were winning races. By 1914, the vehicle had adopted such advanced technology as twin-overhead camshaft engines and four-wheel brakes.

By the early 1920s, Delage was producing elegant automobiles for wealthy clientele. The success of the Delage Company was due, in part, to the race cars that had swept the French Grand Prix in 1914 and won at Indianapolis the same year. Delage would also win the World Grand Prix Championship in 1927 with their 1.5-liter Grand Prix car.

As the 1930s came into view, automakers worldwide - especially in the luxury car segment - were crippled by the Great Depression. Delage was forced out of his own firm. The D8 was the last series bearing his name produced after the company's merger with Delahaye. The D8-120 was the last of that line, appearing in 1937.

It is believed that around 1,200 Delage automobiles exist in modern times, with just 58 of those being the D8-120s.

Chassis number 51629
This example was sold new to the Argentine businessman Fritz Mandl. It wears two-door Deltasport four-seat aluminum coachwork by Carrosserie Henri Chapron of Paris. Power is from a straight-eight Delage-derived engine that delivers 140 horsepower through a Cotal electromagnetic four-speed transmission.

When Mr. Mandl and his wife divorced in 1937, his wife Hedwig 'Hedy' moved to the United States. There she caught the attention of movie executives in Los Angeles and soon rose to stardom as actress Hedy Lamarr. Mandl remained in Argentina. It is believed the next owner of the Delage was G. Sesa and was later acquired by Hector Alberto Podesta Lando, a Buenos Aires collector and broker.

Podesta gave the car cosmetic attention and the bodywork was re-sprayed cream with contrasting dark green fenders, wheels, and spare wheel cover.

Manny and George Dragone of Dragone Classic Motorscars in Westport, Connecticut - along with their West Coast partner, B. Paul 'Ben' Moser - arranged to purchase the car from Podesta in early 1990. Ownership later passed to Alfredo Brener of Houston, Texas. Though Mr. Brener planned to undertake a restoration, the car was put on display at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in 1990 (the car was not judged).

The car was on display at the Blackhawk Museum in Danville, California from early February through late September of 1991. On its return, a restoration began.

In the mid-1990s, Brener traded the Delage back to Dragone; it then came into the care of the current owner. Since that time, it has continued to receive mechanical work and re-freshening as needed. It has a new black top and a period-correct black with a green body,


By Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2013
Sold for $770,000 at 2013 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach.
Delage was a graduate engineer and a former chief draftsman and tester for Peugeot. When he created his namesake company in 1905, he strictly enforced two codes for building automobiles: they must be of the highest-quality engineering and they must exude beauty and art. Under his rule for the next thirty years, Louis Delage's wonderful machines exceeded these expectations.

This example was sold new to Argentine businessman Fritz Mandl. He and his wife divorced in 1937. His wife Hedwig moved to the United States where she caught the attention of movie executives in the Hollywood rising to stardom . . . as actress Hedy Lamar. This chassis wears four-seat aluminum Delta Sport coachwork by Carrosserie Henri Chapron of Paris. Power is supplied by a 140hp in-line eight-cylinder engine that is shifted via a Cotal 4-speed electro-magnetic transmission.

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2013 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $750,000-USD $900,000 
Sale Price :
USD $770,000

1937 Delage D8 120 Auction Sales

Recent Sales of the Delage D8 120

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

Delage D8 120s That Failed To Sell At Auction

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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1937 Delage D8 120 Profiles

1937 Delage D8 120 vehicle information
Aero Coupe
Coachwork: Pourtout
Designer: Georges Paulin
Chassis #: 51620
1937 Delage D8 120 vehicle information
Aerosport Coupe
Designer: Letourneur et Marchand
1937 Delage D8 120 vehicle information
Aerosport Coupe
Designer: Letourneur et Marchand
Chassis #: 50789
Engine #: 812041
Vin #: DEL5078937
1937 Delage D8 120 vehicle information
Drop Head Coupe
Coachwork: Henri Chapron
Chassis #: 51624
1937 Delage D8 120 vehicle information
Aerosport Coupe
Designer: Letourneur et Marchand
1937 Delage D8 120 vehicle information
Deltasport Cabriolet
Coachwork: Henri Chapron
Chassis #: 51629
Engine #: 5454
1937 Delage D8 120 vehicle information
Roadster
Coachwork: deVillars