Delage Returns

Milwaukee Best of Show Last Year

John Gunnell - April 03, 2014 11:56 AM


Milwaukee visitors will get a second chance to view this classic

John Gunnell

James Patterson has picked up numerous awards with his French classic.

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The 1933 Delage D8S that won Best of Show at the 2013 Milwaukee Masterpiece of Style & Speed ( will return for the 10th anniversary event in August 2014 to compete again for top honors. The eight-cylinder Coupe Roadster belongs to James Patterson of Louisville, Kentucky’s Patterson Collection. It sports original deVillars coachwork. The white over beige, open vehicle was restored in 2010.
The Delage’s design reflects the peak of the Art Deco movement influenced by French design principles of the ‘30s. It has multiple flowing curves and a long, low hood with sweeping, skirted fenders and a raked windshield. The car’s race-bred 4.0-liter eight produces 145 hp. The D8S has a unique aircraft-inspired system with warm engine oil cooling the intake rather than water.
The car was a 1934 Paris Show Car. It also captured Best of Show honors at the 2010 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.
The Delage’s first owner was Sr. Aurelio Lerroux, the son of the Prime Minister of Spain. The car was brought to Spain in April 1935 and used at the Gran Hotel Velasquez in Madrid, where it served as a shuttle for the hotel’s guests.
Exclusive and elegant, the Delage D8 debuted to the public at the 1929 Paris Salon. The D8S was a sporty version with a 130-in. wheelbase that featured military aircraft engine technology. It had a brand new cylinder head with short springs located next to the valves to avoid breakage. Its special carburetor followed principles used in airplanes. The sump was cast with six longitudinal tubes that provided ample air-cooling. The result was a 120-hp power plant capable of carrying the elegant coachwork to 100 mph. Zero-to-60 took 15 seconds, beating the supercharged Bentley.
This Delage will be among 250 invited vehicles gracing the Milwaukee lakefront during the Milwaukee Masterpiece of Style & Speed on Sunday,
Aug. 24.