Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Delage/SS Special

This car took part in the Brooklands and Goddards Trophy Race at the SeeRed meeting at Donington Park in September 2004.
It's Rod King's 1938 Delage/SS Special. The donor car was a 1938 Delage D70 Saloon and originally used that car's 2.7 litre 6 cylinder engine It was intended to be a replica of the ERA Delage, a car that was one of the original 1927 Delage GP cars fitted with a 1½ litre ERA engine. When the Delage engine very soon gave up the ghost it was replaced by a supercharged 1938 2½ litre SS Jaguar engine, bored out to 2664cc. I'm not quite sure why the car was red, the Italian racing colours - it is basically a French car now fitted with a British engine so you would expect to to be French blue, or possibly British green. I notice that more recent photos of the car show that it's now French blue.

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