Objet d’Art – 1938 Delage D8-120 Aerosport Coupe

LeTourneur et Marchand coachworkBy 1935 Delage, a renowned builder of both racing and grand luxury machines that had very early on demonstrated the value of motorsports success to car sales, was in serious financial trouble. To make things confusing, Delage was bought that year by the similarly named Delahaye, but the Delage brand remained. Delage’s first new design under its new owners was the D8-120, the only 8-cylinder offering in either company’s range and an instant classic that attracted some of the great French coachbuilders of that extraordinary time. Some of the very prettiest D8-120s were the twelve Aerosport Coupes by LeTourneur et Marchand, of which eight are thought to still exist. This voluptuous green example is one of them, and like more than a few automobiles from the late 1930s, it led an entertaining life through the Second World War and beyond.

Ordered new in France by aviation manufacturer Felix Amiot and delivered in the spring of 1939, it was confiscated by the Wehrmacht after the Germans occupied France in 1940 and sent to another occupied country, Denmark. It was then confiscated in 1945 by the Danish government before passing to a Count Schulin, who once led the police on an infamous chase to catch a ferry in it. It has since been lightly restored twice, and extensive documentation comes with the car. The best thing about this car probably isn’t its magnificent looks or amazing craftsmanship, it’s the combination of those looks with the neat stories that come with it. A car with a history is just so much cooler than a trailer queen.

This 1938 Delage D8-120 Aerosport Coupe with coachwork by LeTourneur et Marchand is offered at the upcoming Mecum Houston sale, scheduled for April 10-12, 2014.

[Source: Mecum]

 

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  1. Stephen Swain says:

    Delivered in 1939 Thirty nine, and seized by the Wehrmacht in 1940, makes more sense.

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