It was April 21, 1993 and David Hume in Kentucky received a fax from Red Dellinger asking him if he would like to make an offer to purchase all the SM cars and parts at D. Dellinger Auto Sales in Lewisberry, PA.
Although Red had just bought some SM parts from David, he had been contemplating selling his business and on Halloween 1992, hoping Dave might be interested in more than just SMs, Red faxed David his Statement of Income for the year 1991.
At the time David had started his own Citroën repair and restoration shop, Excelsior Motors, in Midway, KY but had nothing close to all the Citroën Cars and parts that Red had amassed.
While David mulled the offer over, what interested him most was just the SM cars and parts that Red had on the property. Also a factor in his preference to just stick with SMs was this article that he clipped from Car & Driver in May 1993 — where Red described how a Tornado ripped through the property at 926 Lewisberry Rd. The way Red recalls the disaster, it along with his describing the business, his love for Citroëns yet total detest for the 2CV, is pure Red put to paper:
After a year-and-a-half of back and forth discussion transpired with Red. He even sent David a hand-written list of his SM Parts inventory:
David ventured over to Lewisberry to assess their value and took the following pics of the SMs in October 1994.
While he was there he took the following pictures of the other cars on the property and all the inventory:
At the time David could not agree with Red on the value of the SMs and parts and decided to pass on their purchase. He did however, hold on to all the correspondence and pics for all these years and now is willing to share those treasures with Citroënvie readers.
What a great look into the legendary Citroën dealership of Red Dellinger and the man himself.
You can read more about Red and how he acquired the the Madame Michelin Traction Avant 15-6 cabriolet in the interview we did with him on May 19, 2007 (Citroënthusiast publication – Winter 2008, Page 5) and Red’s termination correspondence with Citroën (Citroënvie publication – Winter 2009, page 22).