Margaret Lockwood’s 1938 Delage D6-70 Tourer up on auction block
A classic femme-fatale; Karachi, Pakistan ‘British-India’ born Britain’s leading box-office star in the 1940s, Margaret Lockwood was renowned for her on-screen villainesses performances in both contemporary and period films. This brunette beauty who was actually an unpretentious women, and disliked the trappings of stardom, got the taste of stardom after she starred in her most successful film, Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘The Lady vanishes’ in 1938. The same year, this BAFTA-nominated ‘femme-fatale’ actress bought the new 1938 Delage D6-70 Tourer with one of her film pay checks, that too directly from the Delage stand at the 1938 Motor Show. Now, that very same car in striking red-and-black paintwork is being offered for sale at the Bonhams Beaulieu in Hampshire on 8 September, just one week before what would have been her 96th birthday.
Straight from the golden age of cinema, this 1938 Delage D6-70 Tourer with coachwork by coachcraft, chassis no. 51558 and engine no. 359 is expected to fetch up to $79,600, and was bought by its current owner from the Lockwood family in the 1990s, and was subject to a partial restoration by specialists over a 10-year period.
Born to an English administrator of a railway company and his Irish wife, Margaret Mary Lockwood Day actually began studying for the stage at the Italia Conti at a very early age, and made her debut at the tender age of 12. Lockwood was then trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic art in London, where she was seen by a talent scout and signed her to a contract.
Her film career went downhill following her appeal to J Arthur Rank that she was ‘sick of sinning’, and eventually gave up films to enjoy much success in the theater and TV. However, she also made an impressive comeback as a barmaid in Lewis Gilbert’s Cast a Dark Shadow, and after an absence of 20 years played the evil stepmother in Bryan Forbes’s The Slipper and the Rose.
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