Delage D8 Sports Tourer
Delage standardized four-wheel brakes in 1918 and built the DI series of sporting cars with four-cylinder OHV engines through the 1920s. As expected, they were notable for their high cruising speeds and excellent handling. In competition, Delage won the first British Grand Prix in 1926 and, at other times in the 1920s, the French, Italian and Spanish Grands Prix. The marque’s commitment produced a complex two-liter, supercharged OHC V-12 that developed 195 hp and 1926’s landmark straight-eight design, which generated an amazing 170 hp at 8,000 rpm.
Back on the street, Delage introduced the six-cylinder DM models in 1927, followed by the Maurice Gaultier-designed D8 chassis, which created a sensation at the Paris Salon in 1929. Smooth in operation and remarkably silent, the four-liter, eight-cylinder inline engine of the D8 featured a thoroughly modern overhead-valve cylinder head design. The base D8 engine produced a solid 105 bhp with a single Delage-built, Smith-Barriquand carburetor. The D8 chassis featured a sturdy X-brace layout, and the brakes were servo-assisted.
Despite its excellence, technical sophistication and ability to carry the most stylish and expensive custom-coachbuilt bodies of the Classic Era, the timing of the D8’s launch could hardly have been worse in the teeth of the widening Great Depression.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in August of 2011 at the Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, California.
105 bhp, 3,570 cc OHV inline eight-cylinder engine, four-speed manual gearbox, independent front suspension with transverse leaf spring, rear suspension by leaf springs with live axle, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 127.9"
Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Tim Scott