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1939 Delage D8 120 Chapron

1939 Delage D8 120 in An American in Paris, Movie, 1951 IMDB

Class: Cars, Convertible — Model origin: FR

1939 Delage D8 120 Chapron

[*][*][*] Vehicle used by a character or in a car chase

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garco NL

2007-08-01 23:25

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nzcarnerd NZ

2007-08-02 00:26

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Delage about 1935ish. Not sure of the model maybe D8-120?

DynaMike NL

2007-08-02 00:41

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No doubr this is a Delage. And because of the length of the bonnet it will be most probably a 8-cylinder D8-120. But I think it's a bit newer...

pilou BE

2007-08-02 11:04

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A Chapron bodied Delage D-8 120.It is more recent the 1935 having already semi integrated headlights in the fenders , ca 1937/8

vilero ES

2008-10-06 12:49

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nolouchka US

2011-06-28 16:27

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The same car was used in the movie "Kiss tomorrow GoodBye" in 1950, bought by Jim Hull and Peter Mullin in the late 80s and now sits in the Peter Mullin Automotive Museum in Oxnard, California.
The car was built in 1939 right before the war started as it was finished and delivered to Delahaye in August. The original colors were the ones of "An American in Paris". They changed the two blue green tones to green and yellow for the following movie, then put a fish on the hood. That is what the car looked like when it went to Brentwood in the late 80s.
Now, it has been totally restored and repainted in a nice burgundy color.


danemodsandy US

2011-09-12 00:57

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Actually, this is not one Delage - it's two. The closer shots of the car with Gene Kelly and Nina Foch were done at MGM studios in Culver City, using the car noted. But the shot in front of the Hotel Ritz is a second Delage. MGM sent a second unit to Paris to do the three or so shots that were actually done there (everything else was studio sets in California), and that team located the second Delage and had it painted to match the one in MGM's Culver City fleet. The source for this is Hugh Fordin's book on Freed Unit MGM musicals. It was just much simpler and cheaper to find and paint the second car than it was to ship the Culver City car to France. The passenger in the Paris car is the wife of cameraman Geoffrey Unsworth; it was found that she bore a strong resemblance to Nina Foch.

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nolouchka US

2011-12-22 23:27

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Well,
If there was a second Delage, I would be very interested in knowing where the car is now and which characteristics, chassis number, date of manufacturing and so on it had.
Knowing for a fact the one Chapron Delage was shipped to the US by the studios, they could have very well shot the Paris scenes before the Hollywood ones.
These cars were very rare at the time, expensive to buy, and I do not think the shipping of a Delage would have been a big deal for the studios.

I learned, a few years back, that history books, often, make up stories about things, to entertain people. They can go as far as interviewing dead people to mascarade their own version of the truth.

I heard the story there were 2 Chapron Delage D8 120 in the Hollywood fleet. So, if such is the case, please tell me where the car is now and, most important, what the chassis number was. I do have access to the archives of these specific cars and would appreciate the accuracy of the facts.

Thank You so much!

Skywatcher68 US

2012-08-12 03:34

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nolouchka wrote The same car was used in the movie "Kiss tomorrow GoodBye" in 1950, bought by Jim Hull and Peter Mullin in the late 80s and now sits in the Peter Mullin Automotive Museum in Oxnard, California.
The car was built in 1939 right before the war started as it was finished and delivered to Delahaye in August. The original colors were the ones of "An American in Paris". They changed the two blue green tones to green and yellow for the following movie, then put a fish on the hood. That is what the car looked like when it went to Brentwood in the late 80s.
Now, it has been totally restored and repainted in a nice burgundy color.

In episode 1.07 of "Car Crazy", Peter Mullin says it's a 1938 and was formerly owned by Howard Hughes.

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Dan O. US

2012-09-17 18:08

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I think danemodsandy may be on to something. In the several times I've watched this movie I've always sensed a disconnect between the long shots and medium shots of the car, never really suspected it could've been two different cars up until now. The medium 3/4 shot with Gene Kelly in the back seat shows a car with pontoon type front fenders and integrated headlights; compare this to the long shot where that car seems to have swooping front fenders and higher, separate headlights in chrome housings, the bumper/auxiliary light arrangement seems a bit different as well. Tracking down and painting a second, local car for the location shots seems just crazy enough to be standard studio practice, this may have been done for reasons of expediency more than anything else; I'm sure the shooting schedule wasn't about to be adjusted to accommodate the time it would take to ship the studio car to France.

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