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Wouter Melissen of the UltimateCarPage writes: Louis Delage's lavish and flamboyant lifestyle matched the luxurious cars he produced, but it also resulted in the downfall of the company. Like many of Delage's contemporaries, the French company filed for bankruptcy midway through the 1930s. Fortunately Delahaye stepped up and bought the assets. Production could continue and there was enough money available to develop a new model for 1936. Although Mr. Delage had officially parted ways with 'his' company, he kept a close eye on the products for a long time after the take over and remained their spokesperson.Many feared that the Delahaye take-over would result in Delage badged Delahayes. The six cylinder engines were frequently used in a wide variety of vehicles, but to the delight of many not in the new top-end Delages. For that purpose a new eight cylinder powerplant was developed that shared some internals with the six cylinder engine, but obviously required a new block and head. Displacing just over 4.3 litres, the OHV 'eight' produced 95 bhp and a considerable amount of torque.
P.S. Another great Delahaye / Delage project of the period was the short-lived Delage V12 Labourdette Vutotal, its body designed by Jean Andreau (of the revolutionary Peugeot aerodynamic concept fame).