Darl'Mat (1937/38) - France


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Emile Darl'Mat was a Peugeot dealer in Paris. The Eclipse was a hard top convertible with the top being swallowed by the trunk, designed in the early 1930s for Peugeot Automobiles.

His next idea was to propose a light body sports car with the chassis and engine made by Peugeot. This car would be serviced by the Peugeot network and at the same time the sales price was reasonable.

Paulin designed the aluminum body and Pourtout, a very well-known French coach builder, was responsible for production. The engine was tuned by Peugeot and mounted on a short chassis. Four models were available: a roadster, a convertible, a coupe, and a race car almost identical to the roadster (the last model).

The Darl'Mats raced at Le Mans in 1937 and 1938 when the two 2-liter cars finished the race with fifth and eighth places overall.

Our roadster was delivered on the 29th of October in 1937 to a Mr. Kacher from Valence. Whereabouts are unknown and the car, impounded by the Parisian police, was bought at an auction in 1957. The restoration was carefully done to respect the original.

This automobile is currently on display at the Tampa Bay Automobile Museum.





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