1924 Delage DI
La Belle Voiture Francais… The Beautiful French Car
In 1905 Louis Delage started his automobile company in Courbevoie on the Seine and within a year he began racing. Victories were many and the firm’s reputation assured. He became obsessed with winning the European Grand Prix Championship, which he did in 1927 by building racecars of milestone design. His dream realized, he closed his race department, sold off his racecars and returned to the manufacture of automobiles.
The Type DI was announced in August of 1923 and would serve as a replacement for the 11-horsepower DE model. The Type DI was given a new overhead valve engine which would allow it to accommodate larger, more luxurious bodies. Between May of 1924 and 1927, just 983 examples were built.