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By Richard S. Adatto and Diana E. Meredith. Regular Edition out of print. Delage Styling and Design, La Belle Voiture Francaise is a celebration of the golden moment when the extraordinary Delage chassis joined forces with the most distinguished French stylists and coachbuilders of the age. Car enthusiasts can now enjoy a book written in English about the marque preferred by the rich and the famous from 1929 to 1953.

The book provides an account of the beginnings of the company headed by Louis Delage and his team of engineers, and touches upon its early racing history when driver Robert Benoist won the trophies that made the car famous around the world.

Subsequent chapters describe the styling and design of the stunning cars built at the height of the 'French Style', when the Delage chassis was dressed by the best of the best, including coachbuilders Letourneur & Marchand, Henri Chapron, Marcel Pourtout and Figoni & Falaschi. Examples of each are described and photographed, with images taken at the time of their construction and present day photographs of beautifully restored cars. Reproductions of lovely period drawings and sketches are also incorporated and the book includes an appendix with 14 pages of technical information and tuning specifications.

Richard Adatto is one of the world's experts on French aerodynamic cars produced before the onset of World War II. He sits on the Advisory Board of the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, and for over 20 years has been a judge at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance and Meadow Brook Hall. He is the technical advisor for the Classic Car Club of America on French-built cars and is the American correspondent for the French Delahaye and Talbot-Lago clubs. His articles and scripts have appeared in major magazines and automotive TV programs. Mr. Adatto lives in Seattle, Washington.

Diana Meredith is an interpreter, translator, editor and writer working in English, Spanish and French. She has traveled widely to research and uncover original sources and information related to the automotive industry with a focus on the period before World War II. She has extensive experience with major corporations in Chile, France, Argentina and the United States and has published in many fields. A native of Chile, Ms. Meredith is based in Seattle, Washington.

Mr. Adatto and Ms. Meredith are the author and editor respectively of the award-winning book From Passion to Perfection 'The Story of French Streamlined Styling' 1930-1939 with color photographs by Jean-Paul Caron. In 2004, the book received the Most Beautiful Book of the Year award in Paris. See www.adattoauto.com for further information.

  • Hard cover with dust jacket
  • Page count: 136 pages
  • Page size: 285 mm x 215 mm
  • Illustrations: 30 black and white, 20 original styling drawings and 67 color photographs, a combination of archival and new images. New photography by Jean-Paul Caron, Scott Williams, Michael Furman, Michael Zumbrunn, Thomas Wood and Stephen Photography.