1931 Delage D8L Limousine par Vanvooren80.000-120.000 EUR - Estimate

1931  Delage D8L Limousine par Vanvooren

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French title
Chassis no. 34083

- Owned by the same family since new!
- Bodywork by Vanvooren
- Good-quality, older restoration

Reference Number 618208

as of 7/6/2020

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Hôtel Hermitage Square Beaumarchais  Phone  +33 1 42 99 20 56  City  Monte-Carlo
98000 Monte-Carlo  Fax  +33 1 42 99 16 39  State  Paris
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Car 1931 Delage D8L Limousine par Vanvooren
VIN 34083 
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Known History

Since the start of the 1920s, Louis Delage's cars had built up a strong reputation, as much for their performance as for their superbly-built chassis. The D8, a high-end model with its noble in-line eight-cylinder engine with a capacity of over four litres, helped raise the marque to the top rung of cars built in France.

The model presented here is exceptional in several ways. An “L“ version, it has the long chassis, with a wheelbase of 3.64m. It has been owned by the same family since new; it was the current owner's grandfather who, in 1931, ordered it as a chassis before commissioning a limousine body with folding occasional seats from the famous coachbuilder Vanvooren. The car was delivered to the family's property in the Vaucluse at the beginning of 1932 and registered on 16 March that year. During the WW2, the car was hidden in a castle of the family in les Bouches du Rhône, and stayed there till it passed to his son in 1968, before its current owner inherited it in 1974. He had it restored in 2013, after a first restoration in 1968. Still well looked after, this majestic limousine continues to be driven and it was with great pleasure that we saw it taking part in the splendid “Rallye des Clubs de Marque“ in 2012. The engine runs satisfactorily and we noted that the Delage carburettor, made under licence from Smith-Bariquand, has been replaced by a Solex, which is easier to keep in tune. With its handsome three-blade bumpers, its Marchal headlamps with their chrome bar and its twin spare wheels mounted on the front wings, this D8 has all the qualities of the greatest cars of its time.