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  Delahaye 145 Chapron Coupe

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Country of origin:France
Produced in:1937
Numbers built:2
Designed by:Chapron
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:April 01, 2013
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 The Million Race  
This 'race' was a comlete joke, like the racing Cars, who participated.
Tony Lago, promised a 3-litre supercharched V16 Car. Walter Becchia designed the Engine and because Talbot-Darracq had no money, the Fonds de Course gave Lago, 200000 Francs, to build this Car, which never happened.

Ettore Bugatti promised a new 4.5-litre Grand Prix car, he got an anticipation of 400000 Francs and he delivered a Type 59, with an Type 50 alloy Engine. This car was never able, to do more than 2 Laps, before it braking down.

Lucy Shell paid for an Gran Prix Racer and became a Sports car.

It's sad to see, that France had in the 20th great Constructors, who build the leading Racing cars and 10 years later, none was able, to produce a decent car.

The 'Race'

Louis Chiron won the 1934 GP de France, with an Alfa Romeo, Tipo B. Montlhery had for safety reasons, two Chicanes, to slow the cars down.
The Fonds de Course took his fastest time and offered one Million Francs to the Contender, who did a faster Lap, but without a single Chicane.
 Type 145 corrections  
Wouter, you mixed the chassisnumbers, of both cars. 48772 is the silver car, which was with Doenhoff and is now with Mullin.
To get these cars complete, 48774 was rebodied as Franay Roadster, now it has an GP Body and 48775 was rebodied by Lecanu and now with an GP Body. All cars are in the US.

Your Story about the Type 145 Racing cars, is quite wrong and you forgot the most important thing. It was Lucy Schell, who went to Charles Weiffenbach and offered him, to construct and develop a racing car, for her Team, Ecurie Bleue. She offered, to pay all expenses and that's, what she did. The cars were allways her property and Delahaye had to borrow them, for the Million Race. When the Fonds de Course, refused to pay her the Million, the money went to Delahaye, who split the money with her and she gave half of her part, to Rene Dreyfus, she took the cars out of France.

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