<i>Same Owner Past 56 Years</i><BR /><B>1946 DELAHAYE 135M COACH COUP&#201;<BR />Coachwork by Guillor&#233;<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 800410<BR />Engine no. 800410

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Lot 194Ω
1946 DELAHAYE 135M COACH COUPÉ
Coachwork by Guilloré

US$ 150,000 - 200,000
£ 110,000 - 150,000
Same Owner Past 56 Years
1946 DELAHAYE 135M COACH COUPÉ
Coachwork by Guilloré

Chassis no. 800410
Engine no. 800410

3,558cc OHV Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
1 Solex Carburetor
95bhp at 3,800rpm
4-Speed Cotal Electromechanical Gearbox
4-Wheel Bendix Duo-Servo Mechanical Brakes

*Highly regarded French marque—CCCA Classic Status
*Sporty close-coupled 4-passenger coachwork
*Matching chassis and engine numbers
*Well preserved older body-off restoration
*Extensive provenance, maintenance and restoration records



THE DELAHAYE TYPE 135 M

Ranking among the most esteemed of French automakers, Delahaye produced motor vehicles from the mid-1890s to 1954. Following upon a merger with Delage in 1935, Delahaye introduced its new and well-engineered Type 135 chassis. Featuring a larger displacement 3.6 liter engine, the T135 M of 1936 established the marque as a formidable motorsports competitor when a quartet of racing models placed 2nd through 5th at that year's French Grand Prix. Outright victories in the 1937 Monte Carlo Rally and 1938 Le Mans 24-hour race further burnished the marque's newfound performance luster.

The low-slung Type 135 M chassis was particularly well suited to sporting cars of the Grande Routière class. Stylish bodies were provided by the best known and most prestigious of French carrosseriers. By 1940, World War II had halted production, but soon after peace returned to Europe, Delahaye reintroduced the well-regarded Type 135 M for 1946. The race-proven 3.6L six continued to power the series through to its 1951 conclusion. In the tradition of the finest French motorcars, all 135 M chassis were right-hand drive.


THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

As an early post-WWII Delahaye, the 135 M presented here beautifully embodies the sporting elegance, richness of detail and exquisite finesse of design so enticingly characteristic of the period's finest and most grand European motorcars. Crafted by the French carrosserier A. Guilloré, the close-coupled 2-door body is of the type known in Europe as a Coach Coupe. Located near to Paris, Guilloré put forth highly acclaimed designs for the Delahaye 135 M chassis over the entire span of its production. The accompanying images of this lovely example preclude any need for further superlatives regarding its style and stance.

Delivered new in Amsterdam to a discerning owner whose name is seemingly lost to history, the Delahaye was acquired there in 1952 by Ralph McNight, a Canadian citizen. It was he who subsequently shipped the car from Holland to Quebec. By 1955, ownership had passed to a Jean Charest, resident of a Montreal suburb. In 1960, Leon Frechon of Hudson, Quebec obtained the Delahaye—and sold it that same year to the vendor, also then living in the province.

During his five-plus decades of ownership, the vendor has endeavored to preserve the Delahaye in its original mechanical configuration. The original "matching number" engine was gone over and received new bearings during a thorough overhaul of the chassis preparatory to the full body-off restoration completed in 1993. The car has since been enjoyed occasionally and has been exceptionally well cared for. However, it has never been shown, or entered in tours or rallies.

Showing only slight traces of wear and aging, the Delahaye's two-tone exterior paint pays tribute to the car's original monochromatic steel gray color. The sublime combination contrasts wonderfully with the handsomely sporting red leather interior.

The car has been meticulously maintained to start and drive well. Its dual batteries were replaced in 2015, and the brake system's linings and operating cables were also recently renewed. Throughout, the car is exceptionally clean and well detailed.

Accompanying the Delahaye are its factory owners' manual, maintenance schedule and parts manual. Also included are ownership records going back to 1953, in addition to full documentation and photographs of the restoration work completed. For the benefit of the Delahaye's next owner, the vendor has written up a comprehensive memo of useful instructions and helpful advice relative to the car's operation and maintenance. A box containing various parts and spares, plus an extremely scarce manifold for the factory triple carburetor option, further goes with the car.

Offered with a remarkable ownership history and never hitherto shown or toured, this immensely attractive and eminently drivable Delahaye 135 M presents a wonderful opportunity to acquire a most impressive belle voiture Française.
Contacts
<i>Same Owner Past 56 Years</i><BR /><B>1946 DELAHAYE 135M COACH COUP&#201;<BR />Coachwork by Guillor&#233;<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 800410<BR />Engine no. 800410
<i>Same Owner Past 56 Years</i><BR /><B>1946 DELAHAYE 135M COACH COUP&#201;<BR />Coachwork by Guillor&#233;<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 800410<BR />Engine no. 800410
<i>Same Owner Past 56 Years</i><BR /><B>1946 DELAHAYE 135M COACH COUP&#201;<BR />Coachwork by Guillor&#233;<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 800410<BR />Engine no. 800410
<i>Same Owner Past 56 Years</i><BR /><B>1946 DELAHAYE 135M COACH COUP&#201;<BR />Coachwork by Guillor&#233;<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 800410<BR />Engine no. 800410
<i>Same Owner Past 56 Years</i><BR /><B>1946 DELAHAYE 135M COACH COUP&#201;<BR />Coachwork by Guillor&#233;<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 800410<BR />Engine no. 800410
<i>Same Owner Past 56 Years</i><BR /><B>1946 DELAHAYE 135M COACH COUP&#201;<BR />Coachwork by Guillor&#233;<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 800410<BR />Engine no. 800410
<i>Same Owner Past 56 Years</i><BR /><B>1946 DELAHAYE 135M COACH COUP&#201;<BR />Coachwork by Guillor&#233;<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 800410<BR />Engine no. 800410
<i>Same Owner Past 56 Years</i><BR /><B>1946 DELAHAYE 135M COACH COUP&#201;<BR />Coachwork by Guillor&#233;<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 800410<BR />Engine no. 800410
<i>Same Owner Past 56 Years</i><BR /><B>1946 DELAHAYE 135M COACH COUP&#201;<BR />Coachwork by Guillor&#233;<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 800410<BR />Engine no. 800410
<i>Same Owner Past 56 Years</i><BR /><B>1946 DELAHAYE 135M COACH COUP&#201;<BR />Coachwork by Guillor&#233;<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 800410<BR />Engine no. 800410
<i>Same Owner Past 56 Years</i><BR /><B>1946 DELAHAYE 135M COACH COUP&#201;<BR />Coachwork by Guillor&#233;<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 800410<BR />Engine no. 800410
<i>Same Owner Past 56 Years</i><BR /><B>1946 DELAHAYE 135M COACH COUP&#201;<BR />Coachwork by Guillor&#233;<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 800410<BR />Engine no. 800410
<i>Same Owner Past 56 Years</i><BR /><B>1946 DELAHAYE 135M COACH COUP&#201;<BR />Coachwork by Guillor&#233;<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 800410<BR />Engine no. 800410
<i>Same Owner Past 56 Years</i><BR /><B>1946 DELAHAYE 135M COACH COUP&#201;<BR />Coachwork by Guillor&#233;<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 800410<BR />Engine no. 800410
<i>Same Owner Past 56 Years</i><BR /><B>1946 DELAHAYE 135M COACH COUP&#201;<BR />Coachwork by Guillor&#233;<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 800410<BR />Engine no. 800410
<i>Same Owner Past 56 Years</i><BR /><B>1946 DELAHAYE 135M COACH COUP&#201;<BR />Coachwork by Guillor&#233;<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 800410<BR />Engine no. 800410
<i>Same Owner Past 56 Years</i><BR /><B>1946 DELAHAYE 135M COACH COUP&#201;<BR />Coachwork by Guillor&#233;<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 800410<BR />Engine no. 800410
<i>Same Owner Past 56 Years</i><BR /><B>1946 DELAHAYE 135M COACH COUP&#201;<BR />Coachwork by Guillor&#233;<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 800410<BR />Engine no. 800410
<i>Same Owner Past 56 Years</i><BR /><B>1946 DELAHAYE 135M COACH COUP&#201;<BR />Coachwork by Guillor&#233;<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 800410<BR />Engine no. 800410
<i>Same Owner Past 56 Years</i><BR /><B>1946 DELAHAYE 135M COACH COUP&#201;<BR />Coachwork by Guillor&#233;<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 800410<BR />Engine no. 800410
<i>Same Owner Past 56 Years</i><BR /><B>1946 DELAHAYE 135M COACH COUP&#201;<BR />Coachwork by Guillor&#233;<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 800410<BR />Engine no. 800410
<i>Same Owner Past 56 Years</i><BR /><B>1946 DELAHAYE 135M COACH COUP&#201;<BR />Coachwork by Guillor&#233;<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 800410<BR />Engine no. 800410
<i>Same Owner Past 56 Years</i><BR /><B>1946 DELAHAYE 135M COACH COUP&#201;<BR />Coachwork by Guillor&#233;<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 800410<BR />Engine no. 800410
<i>Same Owner Past 56 Years</i><BR /><B>1946 DELAHAYE 135M COACH COUP&#201;<BR />Coachwork by Guillor&#233;<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 800410<BR />Engine no. 800410
<i>Same Owner Past 56 Years</i><BR /><B>1946 DELAHAYE 135M COACH COUP&#201;<BR />Coachwork by Guillor&#233;<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 800410<BR />Engine no. 800410
<i>Same Owner Past 56 Years</i><BR /><B>1946 DELAHAYE 135M COACH COUP&#201;<BR />Coachwork by Guillor&#233;<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 800410<BR />Engine no. 800410
<i>Same Owner Past 56 Years</i><BR /><B>1946 DELAHAYE 135M COACH COUP&#201;<BR />Coachwork by Guillor&#233;<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 800410<BR />Engine no. 800410
<i>Same Owner Past 56 Years</i><BR /><B>1946 DELAHAYE 135M COACH COUP&#201;<BR />Coachwork by Guillor&#233;<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 800410<BR />Engine no. 800410
<i>Same Owner Past 56 Years</i><BR /><B>1946 DELAHAYE 135M COACH COUP&#201;<BR />Coachwork by Guillor&#233;<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 800410<BR />Engine no. 800410
<i>Same Owner Past 56 Years</i><BR /><B>1946 DELAHAYE 135M COACH COUP&#201;<BR />Coachwork by Guillor&#233;<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 800410<BR />Engine no. 800410
<i>Same Owner Past 56 Years</i><BR /><B>1946 DELAHAYE 135M COACH COUP&#201;<BR />Coachwork by Guillor&#233;<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 800410<BR />Engine no. 800410
<i>Same Owner Past 56 Years</i><BR /><B>1946 DELAHAYE 135M COACH COUP&#201;<BR />Coachwork by Guillor&#233;<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 800410<BR />Engine no. 800410
<i>Same Owner Past 56 Years</i><BR /><B>1946 DELAHAYE 135M COACH COUP&#201;<BR />Coachwork by Guillor&#233;<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 800410<BR />Engine no. 800410
<i>Same Owner Past 56 Years</i><BR /><B>1946 DELAHAYE 135M COACH COUP&#201;<BR />Coachwork by Guillor&#233;<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 800410<BR />Engine no. 800410
<i>Same Owner Past 56 Years</i><BR /><B>1946 DELAHAYE 135M COACH COUP&#201;<BR />Coachwork by Guillor&#233;<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 800410<BR />Engine no. 800410
<i>Same Owner Past 56 Years</i><BR /><B>1946 DELAHAYE 135M COACH COUP&#201;<BR />Coachwork by Guillor&#233;<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 800410<BR />Engine no. 800410
<i>Same Owner Past 56 Years</i><BR /><B>1946 DELAHAYE 135M COACH COUP&#201;<BR />Coachwork by Guillor&#233;<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 800410<BR />Engine no. 800410
<i>Same Owner Past 56 Years</i><BR /><B>1946 DELAHAYE 135M COACH COUP&#201;<BR />Coachwork by Guillor&#233;<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 800410<BR />Engine no. 800410
<i>Same Owner Past 56 Years</i><BR /><B>1946 DELAHAYE 135M COACH COUP&#201;<BR />Coachwork by Guillor&#233;<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 800410<BR />Engine no. 800410
<i>Same Owner Past 56 Years</i><BR /><B>1946 DELAHAYE 135M COACH COUP&#201;<BR />Coachwork by Guillor&#233;<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 800410<BR />Engine no. 800410
<i>Same Owner Past 56 Years</i><BR /><B>1946 DELAHAYE 135M COACH COUP&#201;<BR />Coachwork by Guillor&#233;<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 800410<BR />Engine no. 800410
<i>Same Owner Past 56 Years</i><BR /><B>1946 DELAHAYE 135M COACH COUP&#201;<BR />Coachwork by Guillor&#233;<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 800410<BR />Engine no. 800410
<i>Same Owner Past 56 Years</i><BR /><B>1946 DELAHAYE 135M COACH COUP&#201;<BR />Coachwork by Guillor&#233;<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 800410<BR />Engine no. 800410
<i>Same Owner Past 56 Years</i><BR /><B>1946 DELAHAYE 135M COACH COUP&#201;<BR />Coachwork by Guillor&#233;<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 800410<BR />Engine no. 800410
<i>Same Owner Past 56 Years</i><BR /><B>1946 DELAHAYE 135M COACH COUP&#201;<BR />Coachwork by Guillor&#233;<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 800410<BR />Engine no. 800410
<i>Same Owner Past 56 Years</i><BR /><B>1946 DELAHAYE 135M COACH COUP&#201;<BR />Coachwork by Guillor&#233;<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 800410<BR />Engine no. 800410
<i>Same Owner Past 56 Years</i><BR /><B>1946 DELAHAYE 135M COACH COUP&#201;<BR />Coachwork by Guillor&#233;<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 800410<BR />Engine no. 800410
<i>Same Owner Past 56 Years</i><BR /><B>1946 DELAHAYE 135M COACH COUP&#201;<BR />Coachwork by Guillor&#233;<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 800410<BR />Engine no. 800410
<i>Same Owner Past 56 Years</i><BR /><B>1946 DELAHAYE 135M COACH COUP&#201;<BR />Coachwork by Guillor&#233;<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 800410<BR />Engine no. 800410
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