1939 Delage D6 3-Litre Grand Prix
Offered by RM Sotheby’s | Monterey, California | August 17-19, 2023
The D6 was a long-lived line of Delage cars that started in 1930, took a break during the war, and returned to production afterward and on through 1953 or 1954. The D6 3-Litre road model went on sale in 1946 and lasted until the end of D6 production. It was powered by a… 3-liter inline-six. But so were other, earlier D6s.
This pre-war grand prix car is one of two constructed in preparation for the 1939 season. It’s got a 150-horsepower, 3.0-liter inline-six and was campaigned in the following:
- 1939 24 Hours of Le Mans – 2nd (with Louis Gerard and Georges Monneret)
- 1940 Mille Miglia – DNF (with Gianfranco Comotti and Archimede Rosa)
This car was damaged during the race and was left behind in Italy. The disassembled chassis later found its way into the reserve collection of the horrible Schlumpf brothers, remaining there until 1966. The car was returned to the state you see here by a later owner in the 1990s.
It’s now got an estimate of $600,000-$750,000. Click here for more info.