Delage DMN Faux Cabriolet
A trained engineer, Louis Delage began his automotive career at Peugeot in 1903, launching his own company just two years later. From the beginning, Delage was unquestionably one of the world’s front-running marques, with Grand Prix and Indianapolis racing successes and equally known for its excellent grand tourers, strict quality control and jewel-like detailing.
In 1921, the Delage road car line included the newly-introduced GL, essentially a revision of the prior CO with an overhead valvetrain and increased power, which was fitted with a number of sporting and skiff-type bodies and developed into the single overhead cam GL S and the dual overhead cam GL GS. In addition, Delage produced over 13,000 four-cylinder cars in the DO, DE and DI series during the 1920s, as well as just 1,540 six-cylinder CO models, followed by the DM-DR models of 1926, the last of which were the DMN, of which just 897 examples were produced.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in May of 2010 at the Grimaldi Forum, Monaco, and in October of 2011 at the Battersea Evolution, London.
80 hp, 3,818 cc inline six-cylinder engine with overhead valves, manual gearbox, beam axle front suspension with semi-elliptic leaf springs, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel drum brakes. Wheelbase: 2,500 mm (98.5")
Source: RM Auctions
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