The history of Delahaye goes back to the very beginning of the motor industry. Emile Delahaye was a French engineer who bought a factory that manufactured brick kilns and items for the ceramic trade. To help with the industrialisation, he started to work on pumps and engines – both steam and petrol based internal combustion versions. He initially saw this as a way to power his factory as well as other products like ships. In 1894 he took a slot at the Paris Motor Show to introduce his first car and he also entered some of the first motor races as a driver/builder. The success of this enabled him to put his cars into production. However to do so, he relinquished some control to a couple of industrialists who helped him set up a new company – Societe des Automobiles Delahaye in a new factory in Paris. The first cars were belt driven with a rear mounted two cylinder motor and the final drive was undertaken via chains. By this stage he was in his mid 60s and in 1901 he left the … [Read More...]
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