1939 Delage D6 by Figoni et Falaschi
This 1939 Delage D6-3 Litre is truly a one of a kind piece of automotive art. Designed and built by famed coachbuilder Figoni et Falaschi, this one-off body was inspired by the aero-formed shapes of the emerging aircraft industry of the 1930s. Designed around the illusion of movement, even while standing still, the elongated pontoon fenders and boat tail design are an artful interpretation of elegance and speed.
This example is one of a storied past, winning the gold medal in the 1939 Concourse d'Elegance au Bois de Boulogne and later shown at Retromobile in Paris on the Delage stage. After being hidden in Portugal at the start of WWII, this unique Delage was rediscovered and restored in 1974. Once completed, it was featured on the cover of François Jolly's "Delage: La D6-70 Et Ses Evolutions." It has had three owners over the course of its life and has remained a part of the current owner's private collection for the last 13 years. It is truly an example of the golden age of coachbuilding as well as an impossible survivor of one of history's darkest hours.
Under the beautifully hand-louvered bonnet lies a triple Solex carbureted 3.0 liter in-line 6 cylinder motor, which sends its power to the rear wheels via an electronically selectable four-speed manual transmission. Perhaps the great-grandfather of the modern "SMG" transmission, the Cotal electro-mechanical four-speed transmission functions perfectly and allows the driver to seamlessly shift on the fly with minimal effort. The D6-3 Litre runs perfectly, enough to make the driver forget than nearly 80 years have passed since the powertrain came out of Delage's factory. It accelerates smoothly and emits a sound beautiful enough to accompany the unique coachwork. It has recently undergone a sizable amount of work by the master technicians here at Automotive Restorations, Inc. in order to get it ready for the both the show season and the many open roads that lie ahead.
The chrome accented deep blue paint remains in remarkable condition, truly a testament to the no-expense-spared restoration it has undergone as well as the extreme care it has received in the years following. Figoni et Falaschi's early adoption of the most advanced Nitrolac paints available resulted in the most remarkable finishes of the era. The vibrant red leather interior pairs beautifully the blue exterior in a testament to Figoni's masterful command of color pallets. Nearly 80 years later, the D6's interior remains a luxurious and comfortable place to find one's self.
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