After winning the 1927 AIACR World manufacturers championship Delage found itself so impoverished that it abandoned motor racing and focused it’s attention on building a new range of popular DR70 six cylinder vehicles for it’s customers.
The DR70 was launched in 1927 with a choice of either 2.177 or 2.517 litre side valve motors and was supplied as a rolling chassis.
Chassis #26290 was supplied to Delage’s UK agent who arranged for it to be fitted with a patented Weymann Fabric Body for it’s first owner and first registered on the 27th of April 1928.
The Weymann body system used a fabric covered frame in wood that featured patented flexible joints between the timbers which reduced the usual squeaks and rattles from wood framed bodies and was said to be lighter than bodies fashioned from metal.
Today’s featured car remained in the the original owners family until 1965 and was restored by the second owner in 1975.
In 1996 the car found it’s way into the hands of it’s third owner who embarked on a ten year restoration.
This DR70 is seen in these photographs gracing the paddock at Silverstone during the VSCC Spring Start meeting earlier this year.
Thanks for joining me on this Side Valve Six edition of “Gettin’ a li’l psycho on tyres” I hope you will join me next time when I will be visiting Silverstone for the International Trophy meeting. Don’t forget to come back now !