Artcurial sold it for € 470K including premium on February 3, 2012. It is now estimated $ 500K for sale by Bonhams on August 19 in Quail Lodge, Carmel CA, lot 10.
I discussed it as follows in 2012 :
The Delaunay-Belleville company, whose origin dates back to 1850, manufactured boilers for French and foreign navies. When the brand decided in 1904 to launch an automobile production, they brought their skills acquired with their highly demanding military clients for creating the best high-end vehicles of the time.
Developed in late 1912, the model O6 greatly interested the Russian Tsar. Unfortunately, the First World War will soon stop the progress of all pre-war luxury cars.
Its very big 8-liter engine is fitted below a round lid that provides it with an archaic look but this powerful car fully escapes the frail features so frequent in pre-1920 vehicles.
The 1913 specimen for sale is one of the first among about 55 cars, and has some outstanding features. Its huge 3.74 m chassis length is 18 cm longer than the standard size of the model. It was possibly the only O6 that escaped a requisition by the army in August 1914.
It was coachworked by J. Rothschild et Fils, the Parisian maker who had equipped the famous shell shaped Jamais Contente of Jenatzy. It was hidden at the outbreak of the Second World War and kept in oblivion. Discovered in 1986, it has been cleaned with no need to replace a major piece of equipment and still offers an easy and safe driving rare for a centenarian car.
SOLD for $ 450K including premium