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1947 Delage D6 3-Liter Grand Prix : Classic Cars

We are absolutely delighted to offer a French classic car event in a beautiful state, after this period so romantic resurrection of motorsport in the wake of the great trauma of the Second World War in Europe. In a climate marked by rigorous reconstruction shortages after the war - in which the recession deprived of everything that is now considered essential for life - a core group of motorsport enthusiasts seeking joy and liberating gaiety and long-awaited opportunity to take motorsport.

During this time, the great brotherhood of motorsport, in France , Belgium , Italy and the UK , found himself to practice all the old recipes and freshly improvised some to navigate between restrictions , shortages and red tape in the post -war to win a fruitful existence they hoped , through their activities in competition. In continental Europe, the supply of tires , oil , candles and even gasoline for the competition was extremely limited. The situation in the UK was a bit better , especially with regard to tires, gasoline and oil, and most British teams moved went Place de la Madeleine in Paris , where they were a first step in each of their European tour to sell to French enthusiasts, volunteers and enterprising , their spare parts, often half- worn tires, candles and even gasoline and oil . The business was at full price , still liquid , and while the British teams continued using their paper money to pay their fees, French teams , especially , feverishly preparing its cars to run with all these fresh supplies.

It is in this climate that car Delage stable Watney as magnificent example presented here, would chase after the war. In 1938-1939 , Delage won at Donington Park and finished second in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. After the war, the Delage brand reappeared on the stage of motorsport , led by the businessman Walter Watney Paris .

The car chassis n ° 880003 , proposed today the sale was part of a batch of only five such cars, prepared by Delage factory for his return to competition . She was hired in seasons 1947-1949 as factory car in events such as the Grand Prix de Pau and the Belgian Grand Prix 1947 Spa 24 Hours and the 12 Hours of Paris 1948 and the 24 Hours of Le Mans 1949. During this period, she was entrusted with large French drivers, stars like Philippe ' Phi- Phi' ETANCELIN eventual winner at Le Mans and the Monaco Grand Prix Ferrari and Cooper, Maurice Trintignant , the Porsche importer in France Auguste Veuillet and the future Ferrari importer Charles Pozzi .

Needless to present the brand illustrates Delage . Under the leadership of its founder Louis Delage , she was , for decades , the real jewel in the crown of the French automotive industry. Under the dynamic and innovative leadership of Louis Delage , the brand made ​​his name known to the world in 1906 in the Cup Auto carts . In 1913 Delage introduced its first straight-six and the brand out of the Great War 1914-1918 strong enough to engage in an ambitious program of competition Grand Prix , while Louis Delage himself confirmed his bad reputation of playboy , always accompanied by the most beautiful young women in Parisian society . He bought a magnificent castle in the countryside, a luxury townhouse in Paris and , of course, a yacht on the Riviera. During the 1920s, Delage offered seventeen different engines, four , six and eight cylinders, and about seven different racing cars which culminated in the fabulous 8 -cylinder inline turbocharged 1500 cm3 which dominated outrageously seasons Grand Prix 1926 and 1927.

But the big brand faltered and finally fell during the Great Depression of 1929-1933 , finding themselves insolvent in 1935. Walter Watney , its distributor for the Paris region , acquired the rights to the brand, its projects and assets for 2,000,000 francs , but , realizing that continue to build cars was not in his ways , he gave the production Delahaye .

Still, the personal Delage finest Walter Watney which was equipped with a 3-liter engine D6 designed by Michelat and mounted in a frame Delahaye 135, impressed the young son of Louis Gerard, ' the king of slots of Paris ' at the time. Gérard father bought him it paying in coin bags 20 cents , they say - and he immediately engaged in a program of races for fun and profit.

He steered his Delage with Jacques Valencia at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1937 where he finished fourth , winning the class 3 liters. He then won the RAC Tourist Trophy British in 1938 at Donington Park and Watney led to follow her example by bringing Delage to compete inexpensively .

Watney built and prepare two Delage D6 -70 competition , deeply modified and prepared by its technical director , Antoine Pinier equipped engine 2988 cm3 three carburetors, 150 bhp . Cars ran in the colors of the team Walter Watney , with Gérard and Georges Monneret as usual drivers. A two-seater body , austere and light was handmade for two cars by OLD ( Lecanut Olivier Deschamps ) , with wings and a removable motorcycle lighting for the road that allowed D6 -70 to run both Grand Prix in Sport in endurance racing .

At Le Mans in 1939, Gerard and Monneret ended second overall and won Class 3 liters. For the Mille Miglia 1940 , although France is already at war, Delage stable Watney were entrusted to the Italian crew Piero Taruffi / Luigi Chinetti and Gianfranco Comotti / Archimede Rosa, but both abandoned .

In all, only seven of these Delage D6 3 liters were built , both pre-war cars, followed by five other D6 -70 after the war , the car offered here is one . Their design and solid build - associated with their high power, their handling and braking - were formidable competitors in both Grand Prix in endurance.

Weighing about 900 kg ready to run, 880,003 , as it appears here , can exceed 220 km / h . During the 1947 season, then this new Delage is believed to be , the one that was driven by ETANCELIN / Henry Grignard Grand Prix de Pau. She was then driven to ETANCELIN Perpignan, Marseille and Nîmes , then by René Achard in Saint Helier , the island of Jersey, before the great Maurice Trintignant does resume for the Grand Prix de Suisse in Berne ( where he finished seventh ) and the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa- Francorchamps ( an excellent 5th place). Grand Prix de la Marne , on the circuit of Reims- Gueux , Trintignant / Henri Louveau shared 880,003 .

The car was purchased by Auguste Veuillet in 1948. Its results with the car include a beautiful 4th place 24 Hours of Spa , where he shared the car with Varet , while he also appeared at the wheel in Chimay , the Grand Prix de Paris and the 12 Hours of Paris at Montlhery . Veuillet kept the car in 1949, sharing it with Fly at Le Mans in the first Grand Prix of Endurance 24 Hours resurrected after the war and flying alone, he finished second in Saarbrücken and the sixth Grand Prix of the ACF. In 1950, this Delage D6 -70 was obsolete meet new Sport and Grand Prix cars that had arisen , but Veuillet continued to hire the car , finished 9th in Rouen, then abandoned the Grand Prix de Paris and 12 Hours of Paris at Montlhery .

Auguste Veuillet - who would later found the famous company Sonauto - sold the car to Charles Pozzi in 1951. Charles Pozzi then instituted the aging car during the 1951 season , running in the city of Oporto , Portugal, where he finished 13th . Thereafter , he kept for several years, leading again to the rally in 1966 Delage and Historic Grand Prix of La Baule, until 1979. In 1981, it passed into the hands of Claude Achain and in 2002 it was purchased by the seller.

As proposed here , this Delage competition evocative , with its exceptional provenance emotive and romantic history - is accompanied by an expert report specialist Hervé Charbonneaux . It confirms that it is " in a state of exceptional origin, the only surviving copy still equipped with its vintage body with a known history , both competing in collection ( ETANCELIN , Veuillet , Pozzi, Achain ) since its inception. She has experienced significant success in Grand Prix as endurance, between 1947 and 1951 and was led by Mr. Trintignant and P. ETANCELIN ... "

Need I say more ? This is a blue car competition France particularly important and perfectly authentic this special period of 1940 . It is a pleasure to drive and run that car, it will give great pleasure and offer outstanding performance with a plume that will delight any avid shopper . Its history and its magnificent clear pedigree in this competition will Delage completely original and perfectly preserved a major competitor in most events and represents a unique opportunity to acquire an important piece of the history of the French competition. We recommend that greater consideration and the most careful inspection and would like to thank Patrick Delage and Hervé Charbonneaux for their invaluable research assistance on this amazing car .


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