Art Deco Cars That Are Still Beautiful Today
1949 Delahaye 175 Saoutchik Roadster
The most dramatic of all supercars is
this 2-seat roadster which was owned by English movie star Diana Dors.
Built for the post-war concours circuit, Saoutchik was responsible for
its extreme body which borrowed styling cues from other earlier designs.
Using the French curves of the thirties with more modern baroque
ornamentation, Saoutchik conveys a sense of drama and movement with this
design. With completely enclosed wheels, the car’s best angle is its
profile as the front has a confusing mix of elements that look like they
came from different sources. At the time, the aggressive use of chrome
was revolutionary and an emerging trend that the American manufacturers
would go on to master.
Much of this Delahaye’s beauty is also shown in details such as chrome
accents that highlight the curves and feature embedded turn signals or
the small strips which flank the side and add a sense of speed while
hiding the door handles . At the front is a curious nose which was
inspired by the Figoni et Falaschi-designed Narval produced just a year
earlier. Inside, a two-tone interior is relentlessly busy and features a
medley of designs that work together in their excess. Rows of knobs are
everywhere and the see-through steering wheel made of lucite is unique.
was founded in 1966 as an organization for those interested in
restoring and maintaining 1928 to 1975 vehicles and to promote
fellowship though club activities and good will through
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