Back in the 1930s, Parisian Peugeot dealer Emile Darl’Mat had an idea to produce a lightweight, affordable sports car with a Peugeot chassis and engine. Working with George Paulin, a former dentist with a flair for automobile design, he styled this very attractive aluminium body made by one of France’s finest coachbuilders, Carrosserie Pourtout.
Due to its light weight and sporty lines, this model – one of 103 – had some success racing in the 2-litre class at Le Mans in 1937 and 1938, finishing fifth and eighth respectively. Features of special note include two petrol fillers for ease of pitstop refuelling, and a crank-down windscreen to boost aerodynamics when racing.
The car was delivered new to a Monsieur Kacher on October 29, 1937 in Valence, France. It’s been in the Cerf family (owners of the Tampa Bay Automobile Museum) since 1957, when it was purchased at a police auction in Paris. The former owner (identity unknown) had amassed so many parking tickets on the city’s streets that he couldn’t afford to pay the parking fines and the car was seized.
The Peugeot was restored in 2019, and was presented at the Pebble Beach Concours in August 2019 having successfully completed the road tour. Its owners say it is a wonderful automobile to drive.