One of just six GL chassis known to exist today, this ‘Grand Luxe’ Delage was fitted with a Labourdette Skiff body from new. Constructed from wood with techniques normally used for boats, these Skiffs were among the most exclusive machines available during this time. Due to the delicate nature of the materials used, very few survived.
Designed to compete with the best offerings of Rolls Royce and Hispano Suiza, the Delage type GL (Grand Luxe) 40/50 hp was built to the highest standards of design and quality. The engine is a
6-cylinder of 363 CID, with overhead camshaft valve gear.
During the 1970s it was discovered by British restorer Paul Grist in the collection of Sir Francis Samuelson. Apparently he used the rare Delage as a tow vehicle. Most of the body had nevertheless survived unscathed and the car was subjected to a full restoration.
180 were manufactured from 1924 through 1926. It is believed this is the only Delage GL ever bodied by Labourdette.
This example was exhibited at Pebble Beach in 2005.