1938 Delage D8 120 Cabriolet by Chapron150.000-250.000 EUR - Estimate

Delage D8 120 Chapron

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French title
Chassis n° 51 631
Engine n° 51 631

- Rare Chapron-bodied cabriolet
- Exceptional, documented history
- Symbol of the elegance of French coachbuilding
- In the same family from new

Reference Number 512955

as of 1/17/2018

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Salon Rétromobile Hall 1  Phone  +33 1 42 99 20 56  City  Porte de Versailles
75015 Porte de Versailles  Fax  +33 1 42 99 16 39  State  Paris
France  Mobile    Country  France France
Overview
Car 1938 Delage D8 120 Cabriolet by Chapron
VIN 51 631 
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Known History

Built between 1936 and 1938, the Delage D8 120 represented the luxury-end of the French automobile industry, offering the high level of sophistication and finish that the marque's reputation was founded on. Powered by a straight-eight engine, this acclaimed chassis was bodied by the very best coachbuilders. The example on offer is outstanding for more than one reason. A rare cabriolet built by Chapron, the history of this D8 120 is incredible. It was bought new by the grandmother of the current owner, whose father had passed the car on to him. It is an automobile that has travelled through the years in the hands of just one family and has never been sold or neglected. The documentation with the car recounts this unique story, and includes the original purchase order dated 21 February 1938, the warranty card from the manufacturer Delage, and the receipt for the full settlement of the car. It has a 4-speed Cotal gearbox, full red leather upholstery and an alpaca-lined hood. Presented in beige with burgundy wings, the car was probably restored during the 1950s or 1960s, and painted in non-original colours, while residing in the Midi. It was driven regularly before being laid up in recent years, which may have caused some mechanical deterioration, as a result. Sound, and conserved as it was following its first restoration, the car now deserves a full restoration in keeping with its special history. The engine turns over, but the car would benefit from a general mechanical overhaul. The coachwork is presented in satisfactory condition, with one or two chips and defects in the paintwork, but aligned correctly. The upholstery and wood trim is original, reflecting the high quality of materials used in period, although some elements have understandably suffered from the passage of time. This car, with such an exceptional history, now deserves to join an important collection and take to the road once more, to bring joy to those who drive it or even come across it on the street.