Featured Auction - 1933 Delage D8S 'Conduite Interieur' Coupe, One of two known
Today, the Delage D8S has lost none of the captivating elegance with which its design wowed the crowds at the Paris Salon in 1929.
In 1929, Delage launched its crowning engineering achievement, the D8 model designed by Maurice Gaultier. This new chassis was the sensation of the Paris Salon with its smooth and silent 4.1 liter overhead-valve straight-eight engine and a strong X-braced structure with servo-assisted braking.
The impressive list of D8 owners was promoted by the factory as "experienced and justifiably demanding clients, men of industry and of the world, businessmen and elegant women" and included King Gustav V of Sweden, King Alexander of Yugoslavia, and Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia, as well as leading businessmen and politicians. The most glamorous film and cabaret stars of the day such as Betty Spell and Josephine Baker often added sex appeal whenever a D8 was shown at the major concours d'élegance where prizes were often won.
The standard D8 engine developed 102 bhp using a single carburetor, but for the sporting enthusiast, the 118 bhp D8 S model was available, adding both power and torque to the mix. In England, a special "Super-Sports 100" dealer-fitted option was available, consisting of four SU carburetors – so named because the retrofit put the Delage D8 S chassis into the exclusive club of automobiles capable of achieving 100 mph. Chassis 38186, the vehicle offered, is fitted with this rare option.
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