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1913 Delaunay-Belleville Tourer

Object type
Motor cars

Object number
1986.0042.0001

Description
A 1913 Delaunay-Belleville Tourer. The yellow body is a replica, which was fitted in the 1960s, and it has black mudguards and running boards. The interior has been refurbished and it is upholstered in brown leather. The car has a 3.75 litre four-cylinder engine and a four speed gearbox. Engine number 5243V. Chassis number IA4.

Collection name
Green's Motorcade Museum collection

Collection statement of significance
The 'Green's Motorcade Museum collection' consists of a restored yellow Delaunay-Belleville 3.75 litre tourer manufactured in Paris, France in 1913 and an associated dating certificate issued by the Veteran Car Club of Australia. This prestigious car is thought to have been imported to Australia by the prominent Osborne family of Gundaroo, NSW. It was later owned by the Sibley family, also of Gundaroo, and several private collectors before being acquired for the National Historical Collection in 1982.

Representative of a coachbuilt marque favoured by royalty, this Delaunay-Belleville reflects the rise of the automobile industry in the early twentieth-century and the import of increasingly sophisticated European and American vehicles to Australia. This car also offers insights into the domestic life of two prominent families in the NSW Southern Tablelands during the early twentieth century and the collection of car culture in the private sphere.

Manufacturer
Delaunay-Belleville

Manufacturer
Cann & Co.

Restorer
Green's Motorcade Museum

Place of restoration
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Place of restoration.

Production place
Gundaroo, New South Wales, Australia
Place of use.

Production place
Paris, France
Place of engine and chassis manufacture.

Production place
Camden Town, England
Place of body and fittings manufacture.

Production date
1913 - 1914
Engine and chassis were manufactured in 1913. Body may have been manufactured in early 1914.

Date of restoration
1968 - 1970
Date of restoration project by George Green and associates.

Associated person
James B. Osborne
First owner, vehicle registration number then was 10550

Associated organisation
Dalgety & Co.
Thought to have imported the car to Australia in early 1914.

Associated organisation
Green's Motorcade Museum
Purchased the car in 1958, and began restoration project in 1968.

Associated person
George Green
Owner of Green's Motorcade Museum.

Associated place
Gundaroo, New South Wales, Australia
When owned by Osborne family at Bowylie Station via Gundaroo, and Sibley family

Associated place
Queanbeyan, New South Wales, Australia
When owned by Robert (Bob) Beer

Associated place
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
When owned by Murdoch McDonald

Associated place
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
When owned by Green's Motorcade Museum

Associated place
Old Parliament House, Parkes, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
At the opening ceremony on 9 May 1927?

Associated date
1917
Owned by JBN Osborne

Date of event
09/05/1927
Thought to have been at the opening of Parliament House

Associated date
1955
Ownership transferred to Robert (Bob) Beer

Associated date
1956
Ownership transferred to Murdoch McDonald

Associated period
1968 - 1970
Restored by George Green

Associated date
1982
Ownership transferred to the NMA

Materials
Wood, Metal - non specific, Leather, Canvas, Brass, Glass, Rubber, Textile - non specific

Dimensions
Length: 4040mm
Width: 1680mm
Height: 2220mm



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