1929 Lorraine-Dietrich Type B3/6 Sport "Le Mans" convertible by Gangloff
The Lorraine-Dietrich Company is a French company that manufactures automobiles, railway equipment and aircraft engines. The Lorraine Dietrich family has been involved in many motor races around the world from 1896 to 1937.
Adrien De Turckiem and Jean De Dietrich, nephews of the Baron Eugène De Dietrich, produced particularly reliable chassis and engines in their factories in Lunéville and Argenteuil. By recruiting the greatest engineers such as Hector Bugatti and Marius Barbarou, these two pioneers were willing to have the best mechanics to win the most prestigious motor races.
In 1929 Mr. Louis Desdions bought a Lorraine-Dietrich chassis and asked Gangloff in Geneva to incorporate it in a sumptuous convertible. Gangloff is a Swiss body shop which bought the former Widerkehr body shops in Colmar in 1927. Gangloff produced nearly the half of the Bugatti bodies. When the automobile was bought by its second owner on February 21, 1990, it had a total mileage of less than 33,000.
UUntil 1993, this Lorraine Dietrich B/3 Sport benefited from a complete and state-of-the-art restoration during which the mechanics were completely overhauled. Its current owner, passionate about the brand since more than fifty years and known to have owned more than seven Lorraine Dietrichs, acquired it in 2011. Throughout its youth, this sporty convertible has competed in several races and has been meticulously maintained by its owners, as attested by its maintenance booklet and thick documentation. This beautiful Lorraine Dietrich sport having today a mileage of only 37,704, looks and behaves as if it had never suffered the test of time. The B3/6 is the major success of the Lorraine Dietrich brand and is presented here in the "Le Mans" Sport version. This unique grand touring cabriolet shares many features with the racing model that won the first and third places in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1925, and then achieved the feat of monopolizing the first three places on the same podium in 1926, beating the average speed record at over 66 miles per hour and giving the manufacturer an aura of excellence throughout the world.
The engine of this B3/6 is derived from a Lorraine aircraft engine and offers six in-line cylinders with a capacity of 3446 cubic centimeters. It is powered by two "HK 42 Zenith" twin-body carburetors and is coupled to a four-speed mechanical gearbox. The original dual ignition system ensures perfect operation of the unit. With a power output of 115 horsepower, this historic vehicle can reach a speed of 90 miles per hour. To meet fuel requirements, the sports convertible is equipped with two fuel tanks, one of 57 liters under the awning, and a second one of 78 liters at the rear.
The interior refinement rises the extraordinary performance level of this sporty convertible. It is made of noble materials such as Moroccan Thuja wood, leather and chrome. The finishing touches are exceptional and the dashboard’s marquetery perfectly sublimates the array of instruments manufactured by the luxury Swiss watchmaker Jaeger-LeCoultre. The speedometer, rev counter, oil temperature gauge, oil pressure gauge, ammeter and watch are available, functional, and of course illuminated for the night needs of endurance races.
Renowned for its performance and robustness, the Lorraine Dietrich B3/6 is certainly the best French sports car of its decade. This mythical vehicle is the greatest success of the brand. Only 65 models of the B3/6 sport have been produced. Only 15 of them remain in circulation today in private collections and museums, including one and only one convertible that we can admire here. This is undoubtedly a rare and beautiful opportunity to access a true jewel of the French automotive history.
This Lorraine Dietrich Type B3/6 Sport 15HP Le Mans cabriolet by Gangloff, vintage 1929, is available for sale. Hoping to find a worthy successor who shares his immeasurable love for this manufacturer, its current owner has entrusted the prestigious brand Gentlemen's Heritage to organise the sale. Gentlemen's Heritage brings together car enthusiasts and collectors driven by dream, styling and nostalgia, and heartily concerned by the transmission of this heritage. Gentlemen’s Heritage offers its customers a wide range of services with the highest standards and an expertise at the international scale.