SOME MYSTERIES. CAN YOU HELP TO SOLVE THEM?
WHERE ARE THEY NOW? (Just three to be going on with)
Please help me to discover what has become of the following Delages:
1. A 1938 type D6 70 with saloon body by Coachcraft in dove grey with wine red wings and beige leather interior. Registered CWT 830. This car was originally owned by the Llewellyn (of horse jumping fame) family in the Crickhowell area of Wales. By 1957 it had been bought in Swansea by Eric Robins, and in 1959 it passed to R J (Jim) Williams of 10 Park Avenue, Rogerstone, Monmouthshire, Wales. The last trace of the car is in August 1964 when it was advertised for sale.
2. A 1936 Delage limousine with chauffeur division, twin sidemounts, wire wheels, and a small rear trunk. This car was rescued from wartime France and in 1947 it was sold by the French Embassy in London to Arthur Winnaker of Portland, Hampshire. It then passed to the Proprietor of the Ferrybridge Hotel, but was then sold to a museum as a result of a divorce. The windscreen had a wartime bullet hole through it, and the museum personnel were going to preserve this feature. Nothing more has been heard of the car.
3. A 1948 Delage type D6 3L coupé. Imported from France in late 1962 and given the registration number 5685 HJ, this car was owned by a Mr G Douglas who was associated with the Silversmiths firm of Walker and Hall of Sheffield. Mr Douglas lived in Bookmans Park, Hatfield, and later in Saughall Massie, Wirral, Cheshire.
A TECHNICAL MYSTERY
In 1908, Louis Delage engaged the services of a clever engineer, Nemorin Causan, to design and build a racing car engine for an entry in the Coupe des Voiturettes. It is recorded that his single cylinder engine employed two external flywheels, and four sparking plugs. It was powerful and very strong and propelled the Delage to success. However, a subsequent business deal between Delage and de Dion obscured the fact that the car had a Causan engine, and poor Nemorin did not receive the accolade he deserved.
Remarkably, no comments, drawings, or details of this engine have survived…. or have they? I will be delighted if anyone can come up with some new information on this subject.
IF YOU CAN SHED ANY LIGHT ON THE ABOVE PLEASE GET IN TOUCH VIA: