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Author:  sebf00 [ Wed May 12, 2021 7:27 am ]
Post subject:  1921 Delage CO2 "Labourdette" Chassis #7034

Hi all
I have recently inherited by late fathers Delage CO2 (#7034) with supposed Labourdette (#3394) coach work. His name was Jorge Fernandez, from Sydney, Australia. Owned a joinery named Tesrol if that helps. The identification number imprinted on the Labourdette plaque doesn’t match the year or application as per Eric Le Moines’ records (body #3394 belongs to a 1912 Mercedes 14/30hp). Below are some images of the car in its restoration state and in its current semi neglected state. What I know about the car is supposedly used to belong to the French Consulate and used sparingly here in Australia, and ended up in the hands of a Victorian ‘hermit’ character. The owner of "The Delage Garage" in Victoria purchased our CO2 along with another CO2, which were both body-less and dismantled, but still had the matching numbers engine, transmission, bulkhead, radiator etc. and another bare Delage chassis which was fitted with an aero engine I believe. He sold one of the “complete” CO2 chassis to Ken Styles, who restored it at the Delage Garage and re-bodied it in a torpedo style body. Link: https://www.classicdriver.com/en/car/de ... 922/763267

My Dad acquired the car in 1997 from “Mr. C. Kumar” through Garry Dubois, with the contract stating it was an ‘original body by Labourdette’- this I now know is not true. It would appear he made some effort to restore it to a remarkably similar state (colour, woodwork) as a certain Jules Heumann’s Pebble Beach best of show Hispano H6B Labourdette, photo below. What I am unsure of is the origin of the car before it ended up in Victoria (did it actually belong to the french consulate), and if anyone has any further information on the origin of the body? PM me if you like, too.

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