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1933 Delage D8S Conduite Interieur Coupe / 38186 Vehicle Information

1933 Delage D8S photograph

1933 Delage D8S photograph

1933 Delage D8S photograph

1933 Delage D8S photograph

1933 Delage D8S photograph

1933 Delage D8S1933 Delage D8S1933 Delage D8S1933 Delage D8S1933 Delage D8S
Sold for $649,000 at 2017 Bonhams : Quail Lodge.
Louis Delage founded the Delage Company in 1905 and commenced production with a single-cylinder DeDion-engined runabout. Within a few years, they were offering multi-cylinder designs. Right from the start, Delage was involved in racing. A single-cylinder model won the Coupe Des Voiturettes as early as 1908, and Louis himself took the 1911 Coupe de l'Auto in a 3 liter four-cylinder. Victories at the Grand Prix du Mans and the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race were achieved prior to World War I. They were a major force in Grand Prix competition in the 1920s, setting a new World Land Speed Record in 1924 with a 10.7 liter V-12.

The company was prosperous during the 1920s and their Delage factory in Courbevoie was the most modern in the French industry, equipped with the finest tools that money could buy.

In 1929, Delage introduced the D8 which had a design by Maurice Gaultier. It came equipped with a 4.1-liter overhead-valve straight-eight engine and a X-braced structure with servo-assisted braking. The standard D8 engine offered 102 horsepower using a single carburetor, but the D8 S came with a 110 horsepower unit. In England, a special 'Super-Sports 100' dealer-fitted option was available, consisting of four SU carburetors, and giving these automobiles capable of achieving 100 mph.

Europe's finest coachbuilders were given the opportunity to cloth the 130-inch wheelbase D8 chassis. Among those carrossier was Letourneur et Marchand. In 1932, Delage commissioned Letourneur et Marchand to develop a small series of bodies that could be offered to clients as catalogue customs, thereby ensuring quicker delivery.

Letourneur designed and built a torpedo roadster and two versions of a coupe-like design which they dubbed a conduite intérieure (an owner-driver design). One design was a more classical conduite intérieure design with full running boards, a semi-integrated trunk, and a rear mounted spare in the continental style. The other design had enveloping fenders in the front and back, and a sloping rear deck and a step plate. Both of these French design bodies had little superfluous ornamentation.

This particular example, D8 S chassis 38186, was bodied to the bustleback style and has a low rounded coupe greenhouse along with a very long hood, a narrow vertical windshield, and sweeping fender lines. There is a glass-covered rear license plate which was very unusual and unique to the era.

Only four of these cars were completed, all with detail differences. Just two survive. The bodies were either built by the Letourneur et Marchand subsidiary Autobineau or at the Delage factory.

This example was finished in 1933. In October 1934, a light colored D8 S conduite intérieure was displayed on the Delage stand at the Paris Salon; this chassis (38186) may have been the Salon car. In 1936, a D8 S conduite intérieure featured in the French film Prends la route, which is also likely to be chassis 38186.

The car was founded in the mid-1950s in southern France by a Mr. Retornaz who registered the car in Marseille. Retornaz used 38186 for some years, but then put it into storage in his garage. It remained there until 1999 when it was discovered by Charles Howard. When it was discovered, it wore a Chromos style bumper, which coincidentally the car in the French movie can also be seen to wear. A short time later, he sold the car to another classic car dealer in Madrid, who decided to keep it and completed a restoration in a green and yellow color scheme. The current caretaker acquired it around 2012, and had it re-restored to its present black livery.


By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2017


2017 Bonhams : Quail Lodge

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $700,000-USD $800,000 
Sale Price :
USD $649,000

1933 Delage D8S Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1933 sales)
1933 Delage D8/15 S Cabriolet
Chassis#: 38622
Sold for USD$99,000
  2020 RM Sothebys : The Mitosinka Collection
 
1933 Delage D8S 'Conduite Interieur' COUPE
Chassis#: 38186
Sold for USD$649,000
  2017 Bonhams : Quail Lodge
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1933 Delage D8S Coupe
Chassis#: 38220
Sold for USD$522,500
  2012 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach Auction
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1933 Delage D8S Coupe
Chassis#: 38220
Sold for USD$522,500
  2012 RM - Milhous Collection, Fla
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1933 Delage D8 Foursome Drophead Coupé
Chassis#: 36240
Sold for USD$135,706
  2011 Bonhams - RAF Museum, Hendon, Collectors' Motor Cars and Automobilia
 
1933 Delage D8S
Sold for USD$3,740,000
  2007 Monterey Sports and Classic Car Auction
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1933 Delage D8 S Sport Coupe
Sold for USD$167,200
  2002 Monterey Sports and Classic Car Auction
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1933 Delage D8S's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1933 Delage D8 S Cabriolet382372015 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach Concours $1,500,000$1,800,000

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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Delage D8
1930 Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Figoni
Chassis information for the Delage D8
1930 Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Henri Chapron
Chassis Num: 34738

Chassis information for the Delage D8
1931 Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Fernandez & Darrin
Chassis information for the Delage D8
1931 Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Martin & King

Chassis information for the Delage D8
1931 Victoria Coupe
Coachbuilder: Henri Chapron
Chassis Num: 33321

Chassis information for the Delage D8S
1932 Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Figoni
Chassis information for the Delage D8S
1932 Coupe Sedan
Coachbuilder: Freestone & Webb

Chassis information for the Delage D8S
1932 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Lancefield
Chassis information for the Delage D8S
1933 Roadster
Coachbuilder: deVillars
Chassis Num: 38012

Chassis information for the Delage D8S
1933 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Freestone & Webb
Chassis Num: 38220

Chassis information for the Delage D8S
1933 Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Pourtout
Chassis Num: 38237
Chassis information for the Delage D8S
1934 Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Fernandez & Darrin
Chassis Num: 38229
Engine Num: 131

1933 Delage D8S

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