1936 Delage D8 120 Aerosport CoupeSOLD

RM Auctions - Monterey Sports & Classic Car Auction - August 16-18

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Estimate: $1,500,000-$2,000,000 US

AUCTION RESULTS: Lot was Sold at a price of $1,705,000

The Delage D8 120 Aerosport we have the pleasure of offering is the 1937 Salon Paris Show Car and is regarded as the Prototype example as the first one built. With exceptional provenance, a beautifully preserved presentation and just 36,000 kms from new, this Aerosport represents the last and only fully unrestored example in existence.

105 bhp 4,303 cc overhead valve inline eight-cylinder engine, Cotal four-speed electromagnetically actuated transmission, independent front suspension with transverse leaf spring and trailing arms, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, four-wheel drum brakes. Wheelbase: 133.4"

The D8-120
Nineteen thirty-five was a pivotal year for Delage & Cie. A less-expensive six-cylinder car, the D6, had been introduced in 1930, and a 4-cylinder D4 in 1933, but both they and the D8 were struggling as the deepening Depression reached Europe. There was insufficient money for new product development; in fact Delage was forced to sell off his showroom on the Champs Elysées. Delage tried to interest Peugeot in part of the business, to no avail. Various refinancing efforts were tried, but eventually, in the early part of February 1935, a receiver was called in.

At liquidation, many of the assets of Delage & Cie. were bought by Walter Watney, the Paris distributor. He in turn sold the manufacturing rights to Delahaye, resulting in cars that were essentially Delahayes, but with Delage hoods, radiators and grilles. Of noted exception were the hydraulic actuated brakes a system employed on prewar Delages and not on the parent manufacturer Delahaye 135 until postwar. Delahaye did not build eight- cylinder engines, but engineer Jean François developed them from his race proven pushrod overhead valve Delahaye 138 and 135 sixes. The D8-100 series of 1936-37 used a 4.3-liter pushrod ohv eight, developing 105 bhp.

The D8-120, introduced in chassis form at the October 1935 Paris Salon, used this engine initially, later adopting a 4.7-liter version producing 115

Please note that a 2.5% import duty is payable on the hammer price of this motor car should the buyer be a resident of the United States.

Reference Number 10047

as of 6/1/2007

Car 1936 Delage D8 120 Aerosport Coupe
VIN 51012 
Exterior / Interior Color      Bordeaux /      Beige 
Configuration Right Hand Drive (RHD) 
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