1898 Delahaye Type 0

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1898 Delahaye Type 0

Engine number 602
Gearbox number 602
French title
We are probably in the presence of one of the first examples of the type 0 of the end of the year 1898. Two revealing elements formally indicate to us, the presence of the big wheels with 14 spokes mounted at the back, with the big outer hub type sleigh, and steering column handlebar, sprockets and chain. Later models will have rear wheels of smaller diameter or diameter identical to those of the nosewheel, and steering wheel. We note precisely the number 602 hit in several places of the mechanical assembly that tells us the chassis number. It is particularly disturbing to note that this No. 602 corresponds to that of the chassis examined for the transition to Type 0 Mines. This certificate is dated later in relation to its date of production, which is common for the time. The body of this type 0 corresponds to the name "Duc" or "Petit Duc" that we find exactly in the DELAHAYE catalog of 1898-1899. The front of the first models, like this model, have not yet adopted the form of light windbreaker of later versions. The origin of this name "Duc" comes naturally from its horse-drawn origins, initially defining a city car and boardwalk widely open and lowered, without a coach seat, led by the interior seat by the owner, a seat for the servant can be installed in the back. Option of the era also proposed on type 0, sitting in the opposite direction of walking and footrest. Except new revelation, only 4 type 0 copies are surviving to date, 3 in France and 1 at the Grandson Museum in Switzerland. In two cases it is the version vis-à-vis, and in the other of a single barrel, bodywork also proposed in the catalogs of the time. Thus survive the three most common types of bodywork, mounted on type 0.
The story of this type 0 is quite simple to summarize, ordered new by a textile manufacturer of the town of Reuilly in the department of Indre, it will be kept in the property until its deposit during the cre
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