1947 Delahaye 135 MS Sport Coupé

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After my last two posts presenting the Ferraris in the 60's and 70's during this sale RM Sotheby's which takes place on the famous Monaco Formula 1 track next weekend, we are going to finish with this stunning 1947 Delahaye 135 MS Sport Coupe with a very elegant coachwork penned by Henri Chapron.

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I really like the pictures with this beautiful car and in background the yachts moored in front of the city center of Monaco.

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Here's a follow-up of my previous post about this RM Sotheby's Monaco sale with estimated prices. As you can see, many Ferrari :

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1968 Cisitalia-Abarth 8501958 BMW 507 Roadster1961 Ferrari 250 GTE 2+2 I
70,000 €2,100,000 €300,000 €
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1965 Ferrari 275 GTB1965 Ferrari 275 GTS1966 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 II
1,700,000 €1,400,000 €190,000 €
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1968 Ferrari 365 GT 2+21973 Ferrari 365 GTS/41973 Ferrari 365 GTB/4
120,000 €2,000,000 €525,000 €
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1973 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS1976 Ferrari 365 GT4 2+2
350,000 €80,000 €

History of Delahaye 135

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The Delahaye 135 was first presented in 1934 at the 1934 Paris Auto Salon. The production began in 1935 until 1954. 20 years of production is pretty rare for a car. The 135 MS is the sportier version, seen in competition mostly during the Alpine Rally hence its nickname Coupe des Alpes.

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Delahaye is a French automative company founded in 1894 by Émile Delahaye. But the company didn't produce coachwork, all its chassis were bodied by other companies. So many different designs for the same model :

  • Coachwork by Carrosserie Ghia-Aigle with spat wheels,
  • Cabriolet version by Alphonse Guilloré,
  • but there are also other French coachbuilders like Joseph Figoni, Marius Franay and Jaques Saoutchik...

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Spat wheels on the Ghia coachwork...

...sold for 212,500 € (2019) (source : Bonhams)

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And the cabriolet version by Guilloré (source : RM Sotheby's)


This model was owned by the famous racing driver Louis Chiron. With Bugatti, he participated to many races including the 24 Hours of Le Mans and competed in the early years of Formula 1. I'm sure his name ring a bell, with his record for the most podium with Bugatti, the Chiron was a tribute in order to highlight his carreer (I didn't know that, always cool to learn something).

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Chiron bought this example (chassis 800390) for 550,000 francs (around 50,000 €) in 1946 and approved the Chapron's design as a two-door Sport Coupé with torpedo wings. Just for info, Henri Chapron (1889-1978) was a famous French automobile coachbuilder especially known especially for the Citroën DS.

Specification

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The Delahaye 135, in first version, was equipped with a 3.2 litre strraight six engine mated with twin-Solex carburettors producing 95 hp. The Modifiée Spéciale (MS) was the sportier version with triple carburettars and producing until 160 hp.

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The body was designed by Chapron :

*"Chapron continued to respect the shape of the traditional radiator grille and his drawings remain faithful to the spirit of the original sports chassis." - Richard Adatto, Delahaye expert (source : RM Sotheby's)

Originally this example was finished in two-tone bleu ciel over blue Miami over a red leather interior. But during its complete restoration in 2012, the car was painted in a dark metallic blue with silver lines. I love the dashboard all in wood, you don't feel like you're in a car.

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Sale

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Model :1947 Delahaye 135 MS Sport Coupé by Chapron
Where :RM Sotheby's Monaco
When :14 May 2022
Price :325,000 €

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Sources

RM Sotheby's Monaco
Lot : Delahaye 135 MS Sport Coupe

Wikipedia :
Delahaye 135
Louis Chiron
Henri Chapron

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Have a great sunday...Happy Mother's Day.


Bonus Video

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And to be complete on this sale, the star will be this 1953 Ferrari 340 MM Spider with a coachwork by Vignale... Estimated price : 6,000,000 € Ouch 🤑

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Such a worthy backdrop for this stunning car @heroldius 😎 beautiful.

Yep the photo are beautiful with Monaco in background... It would not be the ideal car to replace your Mini Classic ? 😀

Nope… it wouldn’t be the right car.
For now I’ll be fine without a car 🚗 but one day it would be nice to get a new classic car I can restore to my liking. Maybe even an American muscle car… 😉

Me too I'm fine without car... I live downtown so when I need one, I rent and like that I can try many models.

Do you already know the model for your American muscle car ?
One of my favorite especially for its body the Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray :

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That works perfectly than for you.
Not sure where we end up exactly after our big move later this year, I will have to make a judgement then on wether I need one or not.

If not… I would like to get something like a Dodge Challenger RT or an Oldsmobile 1970 or 1972 to restore. Just for a hobby, something to do. As I miss working on a car hehehe
Those kind of models I like, American muscle car like. But there are so many very beautiful classic cars out there. To work on for a while 😉

Wow this is a fun car. I love the curvy body. And I agree all the wood in the interior is nice. Spat wheels - sweet. But I really like the cabriolet! I love that smooth line from the hood all the way to the back.

Yep on the Vermont's roads in summer, the cabriolet must be cool to drive, just to cross the Adirondacks or around Georges Lake...

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