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  • RefCode: TA1076755
  • Make: DELAHAYE
  • Model: TYPE 135M
  • Category: Convertible
  • Mileage (Miles): 19,000
  • Mileage (KM): 30,577
  • Colour: See Photo/Text
  • RHD/LHD: RHD
  • Gearbox type: N/A
  • Currency: GBP

1936 Delahaye 135M Chapron 3 position Drophead Chassis number: 47390 Registration number: H0058BBB (Spanish) Under long-term Spanish ownership. This car has resided in a southern Spanish collection prior to being purchased in Barcelona from the previous owner of some 2 decades. The coachwork is by noted Parisian builder Henri Chapron & takes the form of a stylish three position drophead. The car is finished in immaculate two-tone pale grey paintwork. To the interior is brand new cognac coloured leather along with matching carpets. The fine vertically grained woodwork has also been removed & refinished. Under the bonnet, the car is very tidy with a lusty six cylinder engine fuelled by triple carburettors. It starts readily & pulls strongly as might be expected from the multi-carb setup. The car is due in with us in the next few weeks at which time we will do a full photo shoot to our usual exacting standards. With the Figoni & Falashi examples selling in the millions, this example looks to be excellent value. It is only being sold to make room in the garage for a beautiful Derby Bentley we recently sold into the collection. ....................................... A large gallery of high-resolution pictures may be viewed on our website at http://www.vandp.net .. Office 01375 379719 Richard Biddulph 07967 260673 Paul Fox 07955 588019 Christoff Cowens 07772188037 We accept Credit/Debit Cards. Part Exchange welcome. Weekend & evening viewings OK. Viewings by appointment :

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  • RefCode: TA1085539
  • Make: DELAHAYE
  • Model: 135
  • Derivative: M
  • Category: Saloon
  • Year: 1,947
  • Mileage (Miles): 0
  • Mileage (KM): 0
  • Colour: See Photo/Text
  • RHD/LHD: RHD
  • Gearbox type: N/A
  • Currency: GBP
  • Auction: 5th Aug 2017 - Coys - Coys at Schloss Dyck

Based initially at Tours and from 1906 in Paris, Delahaye built its first automobile in 1894 and soon branched out into commercial vehicle manufacture. Founder Emile Delahaye designed the cars and drove them in competitions during the firms formative years before retiring in 1901 when Charles Weiffenbach Monsieur Charles took over as Director. Amde Varlet served as Delahayes chief designer from then onwards, being responsible for its marine engines as well as those intended for road use.At this time the name of Delahaye was as renowned on water as on land. The sport of motor boat racing was dominated by Delahaye-powered craft, one of which established a new World Speed Record of 54.50km/h (33.84mph). There proved to be little profit in this enterprise however, and the firm redirected its attention exclusively to road transport, greatly expanding its range of commercial vehicle types.Under Varlets direction, Delahaye produced a succession of rugged, dependable vehicles with an enviable reputationfor reliability. Indeed, Prince Sixte de Bourbon crossed the Sahara desert in several directions at the wheel of a Delahaye Type 104 in 1929 without once breaking down. Up to the mid-1930s Delahayes products tended to be rather lacklustre, but then in 1935 came the first of a new generation that would change the marques image forever - the T135 Coupe Des Alpes.Designed by Varlets successor Jean Franois, the T135 was a fine sporting car, albeit one which, somewhat paradoxically, borrowed its engine from one of its makers trucks. The 3.2-liter, six-cylinder, overhead-valve unit produced 110bhp on triple Solex carburetors while the under-slung chassis featured transverse leaf independent front suspension, four-speed synchromesh or Cotal gearboxes, centre-lock wire wheels and large Bendix brakes.Delahaye improved on the formula the following year with the 3.6-liter, 120/130bhp T135MS, and the sports version was soon making a name for itself in competitions, taking 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th places in therun-to-sportscar-regulations 1936 French Grand Prix and winning the Monte Carlo Rally and Le Mans 24-Hour Race outright in 1937 and 1938 respectively. In England, Prince Bira contested the 1938 Donington 12-Hour Sports Car Race in Prince Chulas example, winning the event and going on to take victory in Brooklands fastest road car in England race against some formidable opposition. The model reappeared post-WW2 as the 135M with the 3.6-liter engine and lasted in production until superseded by the 235 in 1951. Relatively few Delahayes were sold after WW2, the result of Frances punitive taxation rates for large cars. By 1954 the situation had become untenable and Delahaye merged with Hotchkiss, producing nothing but trucks thereafter.Without doubt, the 135 transformed Delahayes image from that of staid dependability to stylish high performance, banishing the saying solide comme un Delahaye, although the firms products remained as well engineered as ever. The 135 attracted the attention of Francesfinest coachbuilders, and many of their works on this chassis are among the most striking examples of automotive art of the period. Production records were lost during WW2 but it is believed that only 2,000-or-so examples of the 135/235 family were made, the greater majority during the late 1930s.The right-hand drive Delahaye 135M offered here wears custom cabriolet coachwork by Carrossier A. Guillor of Courbevoie, France, typical of the period in its adoption of the more enclosed, streamlined style inspired by an increasing understanding of the importance of aerodynamics. This wonderful tourer enjoyed an extremely comprehensive restoration in the 1980s, later benefiting from a cosmetic refresh in the form of a repaint and interior re-trim in wine red leather.Since then the car formed part of a collection at the renowned Antique Automobile Club of America Museum in Pennsylvania, United States, later being sold via Mark Hyman to a Dutch collector in the mid 2000s.Offered with Dutch papers, this rareand truly exquisite Delahaye 135M is reported to be in excellent running condition, ready to be enjoyed as a touring car or concours participant.

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