By Daniel Cabart and David Burgess-Wise. “The most comprehensive history of
Delage in English.”
To connoisseurs of fine automobiles the name Delage uniquely
combines performance and elegance, symbolising luxury and the fine French taste
that is summed up in the simple phrase “La Belle Voiture Française” – “The most
beautiful French car”. This long awaited book – the first comprehensive history
of Delage ever published in the English language – reveals that such a
reputation is only achieved by unrelenting enthusiasm and effort.
“Keep it simple, make it strong,” was the guiding principle
of Louis Delâge when he founded the company bearing his name in 1905.
Surrounding himself with a gifted team of associates, he rapidly gained the
commanding heights of the French motor industry, simultaneously triumphing in
the leading concours d’elegance and on the race tracks of the world. When the
financial crisis of the 1930s arrested its meteoric progress, the Delage marque
continued to flourish under the sheltering wing of Delahaye, and survived
honourably for a further twenty years, outliving most of its competitors.
The original French edition Delage—La Belle Voiture
Française was the result of years of dedicated research and won the 2005 Prix
Bellecour and a 2006 Society of Automotive Historians Award of Distinction.
Daniel Cabart’s enthusiasm for history and machinery dates
from his childhood. His love of antique automobiles led to the restoration of
several cars, among them three Delages and the collection of photos, documents
and memories relating to this most prestigious of marques. Research for this
book in the archives of banks and ministries took three years and the result
has been hailed by the automotive press.
Claude Rouxel has published books on Rolland-Pilain, the
French taxi cab, Chenard & Walcker, Renault luxury cars, and writes for
automotive history magazines, notably Automobilia and Charge Utile.
David Burgess-Wise is the author of over 30 motoring books,
including specially commissioned centennial histories of Daimler and Vauxhall.
His latest title is Brighton Belles, reflecting a lifelong interest in veteran
cars. As well as this book on Delage, he has also translated major works on
Amilcar and Bugatti. A member of the Advisory Council of Britain’s National
Motor Museum and a Committee Member of the Brooklands Society, he edits Aston,
the award-winning journal of the Aston Martin Heritage Trust. His enthusiasm
for the Delage marque is reflected in his long ownership of a skiff-bodied 1926
- 2 volumes hard bound with dust jackets and slip case
- Page count: Vol I 376, Vol II 150
- Page size: 300mm x 245mm
- Illustrations: 1000 black and white and color images