1947 Delage D6

Delage's reputation as France's Finest Car is undisputed. Its multiplicity of models was separated from competition with such fabulous designs as the Indianapolis winning Type Y, the desmodromic valve Type S that Barney Oldfield drove to fifth in the 1916 Indy 500, the 2LCV V-12 Grand Prix cars and the all-conquering 15-S-8 GP of 1927 which swept every grand prix that year, a car that many have said has no equal in GP history for design and execution. Delage was amalgamated with Delahaye in the Depression but continued to build extraordinary automobiles like the D6-70, an overhead valve inline six-cylinder that was so satisfactory it was continued in production after the war and attracted the best coachwork of the finest coachbuilders even as the coachbuilt era approached a close. This 1947 Delage D6-70 with Drophead Coupe coachwork by A. Guillore is a stunning survivor of the period. Restored many years ago it has a riveting story. Owned for many years by an engineer in Cincinnati, Ohio, it was given a cosmetic restoration in the 80's, and then driven from Cincinnati to California in 1982 where it had been invited to participation in the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance and has been maintained as-displayed at Pebble Beach since then. Finished in dove grey with blue leather upholstery and blue cloth top, it is a straight, honest, complete car -- complete with a 1970 Cincinnati inspection sticker that has been kept up by someone who loved and appreciated it. Patina barely begins to describe it, right down to its BFG Silvertown bias ply black wall tires. Its French origin is evident in its Marchal head and fog lights. A two-inch thick file chronicles its history including the original Pebble Beach hand lettered identification plate, the 1982 Pebble Beach entry list and the maps the owner followed to find Monterey on his way across country. The coachwork has great lines without being splashed with chrome. It is an honorable veteran of an earlier Concours d’Elegance age that placed more emphasis on the cars' quality than on their fastidious presentation. This is a car that wears its quality on its sleeve and will never need to be restored, just maintained and enjoyed as an exemplar of the early days of car collecting.

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