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Year: 1937

Manufacturer: Delage

Model: D8 Coupe Aerosport

Country: USA

Petersen Automotive Museum

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1937 Delage D8 Coupé Aerosport by Letourneur et Marchand

The extreme length of the Delage D-8 chassis gave coachbuilders the freedom to create streamlined cars with fashionably long hoods and dramatically sloping rear decks.

The ultimate expression of this ideal, the Delage Aerosport by Letourneur et Marchand of Paris, featured pillarless ‘hardtop’ styling and a fin at the rear that suggested advanced engineering and high-speed capability.

The styling was so highly regarded that an Aerosport was one of a pair of Delages chosen to represent the French government at the automotive display at the 1939 New York World’s Fair. Other French coachbuilders to employ fins in their designs included Pourtout, Clabot and Figoni & Falaschi.


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