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1933 Derby Roadster

Pictures of the 1933 Derby Roadster - Tampa Bay Automobile Museum


1933 Derby Roadster - Tampa Bay Automobile Museum
1933 Derby Roadster - Tampa Bay Automobile Museum


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Derby was a French company that manufactured sports cars and racecars from 1920 through 1936. From 1920 to 1930, its cars were conventional with proprietary engines from Ruby, Scap and Chapius Dornier. Derby cars were very successful with their racing cycle cars and voiturettes. After the original Derby engineer, Monsieur Montet died, the company was bought by William Hawkes, an English race car driver.

Hawkes' fiancee, Miss Gwenda Stewart, was also a racecar driver who raced at Brooklands and Montihery near Paris driving Morgans. Hawkes bought a Miller FWD car from the United States for Miss Stewart and the Derby Company was responsible for maintenance and tuning of the car. Eventually, the car was rebuilt and renamed the Derby Miller. Gwendo broke many speed records at Montihery, many of which still stand today.

In 1930 Hawkes recruited engineer Etienne Lepicard to become Technical Manager for Derby. Lepicard designed a new 2-Liter, V-8 engine which featured side valves for intake and overhead valves for exhaust. The engine had two opposing carburetors on the outside of the two banks. Rods from one bank were connected to the rods on the other bank as in the aircraft engines of earlier design. Each bank had its own coil, points and carburetor that could be run seperately to fine-tune the carburetors, one side after the other.

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1933 Derby Roadster - Tampa Bay Automobile Museum
1933 Derby Roadster - Tampa Bay Automobile Museum

1933 Derby Roadster - Tampa Bay Automobile Museum
1933 Derby Roadster - Tampa Bay Automobile Museum

1933 Derby Roadster - Tampa Bay Automobile Museum
1933 Derby Roadster - Tampa Bay Automobile Museum

1933 Derby Roadster - Tampa Bay Automobile Museum
1933 Derby Roadster - Tampa Bay Automobile Museum