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
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
- 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.