The Delahaye VLRD has now been finished ready for the season of shows this year (2010). The original army number was found during restoration and after investigation the vehicle has been marked up as per its service unit.
Although not concours the jeep is extremely presentable and it flew through the MOT today.
The finish includes a period mount for a machine gun and an accurate rifle holder, which was vertical rather than horizontal as per the WW2 design. The rifle holder only holds a MAS 36 due to the shape of the rifle wooden furniture and the fore stock clasp both being square!
The vehicle has been returned to 24v, but the ignition system is 12v as per the original design. The vehicle runs well and will be the central theme of this years (2010) re enactment.
The vehicle has had its diff locks deactivated upon inspection, and with the scars of some off road use and some rifle rounds found under the fuel tank, it seems very probable the sand I found in the box sections under the flooe may well be Algerian!
There are only two others known to us in the UK, so this makes an interesting exhibit. The design is extremely robust yet complex and the garage which MOTd the vehicle were impressed by it's robust design.