1936 Delahaye Type 135 Competition 20 CV, Chassis no. 46069 Engine no. 46069
Lot 40
1936 Delahaye Type 135M 20CV Competition Coupe Chassis no. 46069 Engine no. 46069
€90,000 - 110,000
US$ 110,000 - 140,000

Lot Details
1936 Delahaye Type 135 Competition 20 CV, Chassis no. 46069 Engine no. 46069 1936 Delahaye Type 135 Competition 20 CV, Chassis no. 46069 Engine no. 46069 1936 Delahaye Type 135 Competition 20 CV, Chassis no. 46069 Engine no. 46069
1936 Delahaye Type 135M 20CV Competition Coupe
Coachwork by Henri Chapron

Chassis no. 46069
Engine no. 46069

According to 'Le Grand Livre Delahaye' (page 398), the Type 135 20CV Competition model was first introduced at the Paris Salon in October 1935.

'The Delahaye 135 chassis appeared in various guises, and 453 examples of the Competition 18 and 20CV type were produced from 1935 to 1938. The Competition 20CV model was the faster 3.557 litre engine version. Both the cabriolet and coupé Chapron made coachwork was offered. In the 1939 Monte Carlo Rally, a Chapron coupé bodied car, in the hands of Joseph Paul and Marcel Contet... was classified 1st (jointly with Jean Trevoux/Marcel Lesurque in a Hotchkiss). This Delahaye chassis 46069 is of exactly the same type as that winning car, and is self-evidently in extremely unrestored original and fine condition, the car has had very stable ownership, and has not been subjected to either mechanical or coachwork modifications. A rare and worthy car indeed - well documented.'

For 76 years '46069' has been carefully maintained by two long-term owners within the same family: Marius Galeron from March 1936 to April 1964 (first French registration '3118-CB') and Patrick Bouillot (married to Mr Galeron's grand niece) who bought the car on 6th April 1964 and kept it until 26th April 2012 (second French registration '977 AR 13'). The Delahaye has been carefully maintained throughout its life and remains 100% original including the Chapron 'Coupe des Alpes' coachwork, cream/green colour scheme and leather seats. The car simply oozes patina.

A resident of St Rémy de Provence, Mr Galeron bought the Delahaye at the Salon de l'Automobile in 1936 and drove it in rallies and races until the outbreak of WW2. The earliest proof of his continued ownership and activity is an appointment with the 'Chef d'Atelier' (workshop manager) at the Delahaye factory, written on an original Delahaye price list from 1938, which is conserved in the history file. In addition, there are two original letters from the Delahaye factory addressed to him dated April and September 1947 concerning carburettor settings and replacement of the cylinder block and pistons, necessitated after long cold storage during the war. The former document states that the original engine number would be retained despite the rebuild, which included a capacity increase to the later model's 3,557cc. It should be noted that the number '46069' is recorded on original engraved (not stamped) plates affixed to both the chassis and engine.

The Delahaye remained in Mr Galeron's ownership until April 1964, when the second owner Mr Bouillot, then a 19 year-old student, acquired the car. Mr Bouillot kept it most of his adult life (48 years) maintaining it and participating in various rallies. The present owner, a Scandinavia former champion racing driver, purchased the Delahaye on 26th April 2012 and registered the car in the UK on the age-related number '129 YUN'. Wisely, he has done nothing to disturb the car's exceptional originality, merely replacing the carpets and fitting mesh filters to the carburettor intake trumpets. Indeed, when the Delahaye Club Magazine featured '46069' in its March 2013 edition, the article concluded by stating that this car's originality made it a reference point for the marque.

An outstandingly original and well documented example of the legendary Delahaye 135M, bodied by one of the foremost coach builders of its day, '46069' is described as in generally excellent mechanical condition and in working order. The car is offered with UK V5C registration document, current roadworthiness certificate (MoT) and FIA Historic Technical Passport making it eligible for all the most important motor sports events worldwide.

Pendant 76 ans '46069' a été soigneusement conservée et entretenue par deux propriétaires appartenant à la même famille : Marius Galeron de mars 1936 à avril 1964 (sous la première immatriculation, 3118 CB) et Patrick Bouillot (petit-neveu de M. Galeron par alliance) qui acheta la voiture le 6 avril 1964 et la conserva jusqu'au 26 avril 2012 (deuxième immatriculation 977 AR 13). La Delahaye, soigneusement entretenue tout au long de son existence, est resté totalement d'origine y compris la carrosserie Chapron type 'Coupe des Alpes' peinte en deux tons crème et vert et les sièges en cuir. Elle ne montre qu'une superbe et sympathique patine.

Habitant de St Rémy de Provence, M. Galeron acheta la voiture au Salon de Paris en 1936 et la pilota en course et en rallye jusqu'à la déclaration de guerre de 1939. La plus ancienne preuve de cette propriété ininterrompue et de cet usage est un rendez-vous avec le chef d'atelier de l'usine Delahaye écrit sur un tarif de 1938 et conservé dans le dossier de la voiture. Il existe aussi deux lettres originales de l'usine Delahaye adressée au propriétaire datée d'avril et de septembre 1947 concernant les réglages des carburateurs et le remplacement du bloc cylindres et des pistons nécessités par un très long stockage au froid pendant la guerre. Le premier document précise que le numéro du moteur serait conservé malgré la reconstruction qui comporterait une augmentation de cylindrée à 3,557 cm3, celle du type 135 20 CV. On notera que le numéro '46069' est porté sur les plaquettes gravées (et non pas frappées) fixées sur le châssis et le moteur.

La Delahaye demeura la propriété de M. Galeron jusqu'en avril 1964 lorsque le second propriétaire, M. Bouillot, étudiant alors âge de 19 ans, acheta la voiture. M. Bouillot la conserva pendant la plus grande partie de sa vie (48 ans) en l'entretenant et en participant à divers rallyes. L'actuel propriétaire, ancien champion automobile de Scandinavie, acheta la Delahaye le 26 avril 2012 et l'immatricula au Royaume-Uni sous le numéro d'époque 129 YUN. Très sagement, il ne fit rien pour perturber l'exceptionnelle originalité de la voiture, se contentant de remplacer les tapis et d'installer des filtres en grillage fin sur les entrées d'air des carburateurs. En fait, lorsque le Bulletin du Club Delahaye présenta '46069' dans son numéro de mars 2013, l'article concluait en déclarant que son état d'origine constituait une référence pour la marque.

Exemplaire extraordinairement original et bien documenté de la légendaire Delahaye 135 M habillé par l'un des meilleurs carrossiers de l'époque, '46069' est décrite comme étant en très bon état mécanique et en ordre de marche. La voiture est proposée avec ses documents VC5 britanniques, son certificat de contrôle MOT et son passeport historique et technique émis par la FIA qui la rend éligible aux plus importantes manifestations automobiles dans le monde.

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