18 Mar 2019

Peugot 402 Darl’mat Coupe 1936

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Wikipedia:

Émile Darl’mat (1892–1970) was the creator and owner of a Peugeot distributor with a car body business established at the rue de l’Université in Paris in 1923. In the 1930s the firm gained prominence as a low volume manufacturer of Peugeot-based sports cars. Business was interrupted by the Second World War, but at least one prototype was kept hidden throughout the period and directly after the war Darl’mat returned to the construction of special bodied Peugeots, although in the impoverished condition of post-war France business never returned to the volumes achieved during the 1930s.

The best remembered of the Darl’mats is a sports car based on the Peugeot 302: the engine was taken from the 402. Several Peugeot-Darl’mat 402 “spécial sport” models raced at Le Mans with success in 1937 and 1938. The cars were built in very limited numbers and three models – a roadster, a coupe, and a drop-head coupe – were offered.

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bob sykes

Many of the cars built in the pre-war era were stunningly beautiful. Today we are surrounded by ugliness.

There is a theory, with some support, that IQ’s are declining by about one point per decade, and that the average IQ today is about 15 points (one full standard deviation for whites) lower than it was in the late 19th Century, or five points lower than it was at the start of the space age.

In regard to that, one notes that NASA is unable to design and build a large booster for its Orion Mars space craft, and might have to buy one from a private concern. Or even the Russians and Chinese.

Some people claim, with good reason, that there has been no new technological breakthrough since the 1960’s, only elaborations of existing technology. Which would make sense if we are getting stupider.



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