<B>1937 DELAHAYE 135 CABRIOLET<BR />Coachwork by Henri Chapron<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 48482<BR />Engine no. 10346

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1937 DELAHAYE 135 CABRIOLET
Coachwork by Henri Chapron

Sold for US$ 434,500 inc. premium
1937 DELAHAYE 135 CABRIOLET
Coachwork by Henri Chapron

Chassis no. 48482
Engine no. 10346

3,557cc OHV Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
3 Carburetors
115bhp at 4,500
4-Speed Manual Transmission
Independent Front Suspension – Live Rear Axle
4-Wheel Drum Brakes

*Beautifully restored example of a fine prewar Delahaye
*Exquisite Henri Chapron Cabriolet Coachwork
*Elegant and suitable color-combination
*Offered with restoration photos and Delahaye Club letter
*Ready to be displayed at national level Concours d'Elegance



THE DELAHAYE 135

Based initially at Tours, and from 1906 in Paris, Delahaye built its first automobile in 1894, and grew to become one of the most successful and innovative French luxury car manufacturers of the pre-war period. Delahaye started with building quality, belt-driven single and twin cylinder horseless carriages. His designs were so successful that he quickly needed significant investment to keep his business going. He was able to secure funding via some enthusiastic partners but, sadly, Delahaye did not live long enough to see his company's successes, and he died in 1905. But before he died, he hired some very influential and creative engineers who carried on his legacy with some truly spectacular machines. Many patents were issued to Delahaye prior to World War I and perhaps the most important were for a V6 cylinder layout as well as a twin-cam multi-valve engine. Delahaye as a company had quite amazing foresight for the 1910s.

Its early products tended to be rather pedestrian, but then in 1935 came the first of a new generation that would change the marque's image forever; the T135 Coupe Des Alpes. A fine sporting car, the T135 was powered by an engine, which, although designed for car use, had first appeared in a Delahaye commercial vehicle. The 3.2-liter, six-cylinder, overhead-valve unit produced 110bhp on triple Solex carburetors, while the chassis featured transverse-leaf independent front suspension, four-speed synchromesh or Cotal gearboxes, center-lock wire wheels and Bendix brakes.

Delahaye improved on the formula the following year with the 3.6-litre, 120/130bhp T135MS, and the sports version was soon making a name for itself in competitions, taking 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th places in the run-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. Prince Bira won the 1938 Donington 12-Hour Sports Car Race in Prince Chula's example and went 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-litre engine and lasted in production until 1951. By this time Delahaye was in serious financial difficulty as a result of the French government's taxation policies, which heavily penalized cars of over 3.0 liters, and in 1954 was taken over by Hotchkiss.
Delahaye had no in-house coachworks, so all its chassis were bodied by independents, which created some of their most attractive designs on the Type 135. It was a most fortuitous partnership, resulting in memorable automotive sculpture from the likes of Saoutchik, Henry Chapron, Franay, Graber, Pennock and Figoni et Falaschi.


THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

Offered here is a beautifully restored example of a fine motorcar from one of French automobile industry's grandest periods. This striking 1937 Delahaye 135 wears gorgeous coachwork from one of the finest French coachbuilders, Henri Chapron. Chapron was known not only for impeccable style, but also for superior build quality. The 3-position Cabriolet style is sporty, yet elegant and practical. The two-tone livery, is neatly accented by a silver beltline and lower fender panels. Paired with a dark blue canvas roof and a blue leather interior, the result is simply breathtaking.

This Chapron-bodied Delahaye is believed to have been delivered new in France, and is quite well-known by the Delahaye club there. The car was in the hands of the late Jean Francois du Montant by the 1990s, before being purchased by the Pueche brothers from Spain. The 135 is said to have been in very complete and original condition at this point, although in need of a full restoration, which the Pueche's soon embarked on. The car has since passed through a couple other owners, before migrating to the US.

Appropriately restored to highlight the elegant, high quality and high performance nature of the 135, the car is ready for enjoyment and would be a fine competitor on the concours circuit. The engine has been upgraded to a post-war style triple carburetor and manifold setup, imparting a bit of additional drivability and performance, well suited to the four-speed transmission. Designed for shuttling the bourgeois from Paris to the Mediterranean, with speed and style, this Delahaye will be sure to complement any collection, with its peerless style and grace, courtesy of the archetypal French pairing of Delahaye and Chapron.
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<B>1937 DELAHAYE 135 CABRIOLET<BR />Coachwork by Henri Chapron<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 48482<BR />Engine no. 10346
<B>1937 DELAHAYE 135 CABRIOLET<BR />Coachwork by Henri Chapron<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 48482<BR />Engine no. 10346
<B>1937 DELAHAYE 135 CABRIOLET<BR />Coachwork by Henri Chapron<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 48482<BR />Engine no. 10346
<B>1937 DELAHAYE 135 CABRIOLET<BR />Coachwork by Henri Chapron<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 48482<BR />Engine no. 10346
<B>1937 DELAHAYE 135 CABRIOLET<BR />Coachwork by Henri Chapron<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 48482<BR />Engine no. 10346
<B>1937 DELAHAYE 135 CABRIOLET<BR />Coachwork by Henri Chapron<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 48482<BR />Engine no. 10346
<B>1937 DELAHAYE 135 CABRIOLET<BR />Coachwork by Henri Chapron<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 48482<BR />Engine no. 10346
<B>1937 DELAHAYE 135 CABRIOLET<BR />Coachwork by Henri Chapron<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 48482<BR />Engine no. 10346
<B>1937 DELAHAYE 135 CABRIOLET<BR />Coachwork by Henri Chapron<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 48482<BR />Engine no. 10346
<B>1937 DELAHAYE 135 CABRIOLET<BR />Coachwork by Henri Chapron<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 48482<BR />Engine no. 10346
<B>1937 DELAHAYE 135 CABRIOLET<BR />Coachwork by Henri Chapron<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 48482<BR />Engine no. 10346
<B>1937 DELAHAYE 135 CABRIOLET<BR />Coachwork by Henri Chapron<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 48482<BR />Engine no. 10346
<B>1937 DELAHAYE 135 CABRIOLET<BR />Coachwork by Henri Chapron<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 48482<BR />Engine no. 10346
<B>1937 DELAHAYE 135 CABRIOLET<BR />Coachwork by Henri Chapron<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 48482<BR />Engine no. 10346
<B>1937 DELAHAYE 135 CABRIOLET<BR />Coachwork by Henri Chapron<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 48482<BR />Engine no. 10346
<B>1937 DELAHAYE 135 CABRIOLET<BR />Coachwork by Henri Chapron<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 48482<BR />Engine no. 10346
<B>1937 DELAHAYE 135 CABRIOLET<BR />Coachwork by Henri Chapron<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 48482<BR />Engine no. 10346
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