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2013 Santa Fe Concorso Awards

Best of Show - Elegance

images courtesy of Garret Vreeland

1933 DELAGE D8S SPORTS COUPÉ

Owned by John Hayden Groendyke of Enid, Oklahoma

This Delage is a sporty French gran tourer in elegant coupé form and is one of just 99 D8S models produced. Less than 20 D8S cars are believed to have survived and this car is believed to be the only Delage D8S bodied by British coachbuilder Freestone & Webb, Ltd. A 4,061-cc, overhead-valve, inline, 8-cylinder engine, rated at 120 hp at 3,800 rpm, coupled to a 4-speed, manual transmission, powers this car. The brakes are 4-wheel mechanical drums mounted on a beam front axle and a live rear axle, both with semi-elliptical springs. This rare example was featured in Automobile Quarterly in 1995 and was described as an “elegant and adventurous design.” The current owner purchased this Sinister Black Delage in 2012.

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