1929 Delage DML
Imposing sporting saloon; RHD; powerful
3.25-litre six-cylinder engine; recent body restoration; from long-term family
ownership; a simply lovely example of this top-quality French Bentley
or Alvis alternative
DM series Delage was introduced in 1927, sitting between the 2.1-litre
four-cylinder DI and range-topping 6-litre GL model.
new car was designed by Maurice Gaultier who would later develop the DM into the
impressive straight-eight D8. Beautifully built, the DM was based around a
conventional ladder-frame chassis with semi-elliptic leaf springs and generously
proportioned four-wheel brakes.
six-cylinder engine had overhead valves and the 130mm stroke made it
nice and torquey, its 3.2-litre engine housing a seven-bearing crank. The engine
was extremely refined and allied to a four-speed manual gearbox gave the car an
with short, normal and long wheelbase options (DMS, DM and DML), the model
remained in production until 1930 by which time some 2,567 of all types are
thought to have been made.
by many as equal to any Rolls or Bentley, these top-quality machines were often
supplied with coachwork of a sporting nature, making them even more desirable –
as is the case here. In common with other expensive European cars of the period,
they were also usually supplied in RHD.
in brown over black with black leather upholstery to the front and beige cloth
to the rear, this particular long wheelbase example (DML) is fitted with its
imposing four-door saloon coachwork which is rumoured to have started life on a
Delage D8. We are unclear at this stage who the original coachbuilder
DML was first UK registered during 1993 and went through an extensive
restoration at that time. It has been with its current family since 2008 when
purchased by Mike Hardy, who also owned another Delage DM among many other
vintage cars before it.
Mike passed away, the car gained a new custodian in his daughter, Elizabeth and
in the winter of 2014/15, the car went through further extensive restoration
encompassing a complete replacement of a large section of the ash frame,
approximating the front half of the car. This included a complete strip
back, new custom made ash frame, radiator repair, repainting of all removed
panels with an exact colour match, all of which was completed by Durham
Restoration, in Durham.
3.25-litre engine has run reliably and has never needed any attention. The
Delage is beautifully appointed and comes complete with a discrete
car encapsulates the elegance and quality for which Delage were renowned,
sporting twin side-mounted spare wheels and has twice appeared at BBC Children
In Need’s Carfest North hosted by Chris Evans. This included being part of
the Vintage Village and Chris’ Vintage 7 - 7 vehicles specially selected to
drive round the track at several points during the festival
This imposing and rakish Vintage
sporting saloon looks quite exceptional value, especially when compared with its
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