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The Types H J, L and M were four cars mid to large-size cars produced from 1908 to 1910 by the French automaker Delage.

Background

The French company opened a new market with these four models. One of the cars was in the mid and medium-high ranges, and untl then the car with the highest category was the Type G with its 1.2-liter engine, which was only considered medium-low.

These cars, which were introduced around the same time as the contemporary Type E, F and G, were developed with different engines over just a two-year time frame.

The first of the four to be introduced was the Type H, equipped with a new engine derived from a 1767cc four-cylinder De Dion-Bouton capable of delivering up to 15 bhp of output. The production of the Type H was interrupted at the end of the same year to make room in 1909 for the Type J, a car that came in two engine variants: the lowest being identical to that of the Type H, and the highest being a new 2121cc four-cylinder engine capable of delivering about 18 bhp of maximum power.

During the same year, Delage introduced the other two cars of the series: the Type L and Type M. The first was available with two engines: a four-cylinder engine with 1328 or 1460cc displacement, respectively capable of delivering 12.5 and 14 hp of maximum power. At the end of 1909, however, production of the Type L ceased.

The Type M, however, was produced until 1910, and was available in five engine variants: the first two were identical to those equipped in the Type L, while the others were all four-cylinder engines with displacements of 1505, 1593 and 1847 cc. These were the first three engines entirely designed and manufactured by Delage.

At the end of its production, the legacy of Type M and Type J was revived by two families of models: the mid-range Types R and T and the high-range Types AB, AD and AH.