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    some early M(S)-Models
    The race car is driven by the late Jean Sage.
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    1947 Delahaye 135 MS Coupe by Langenthal
    Chassis no. 800490
    Engine no. 800490
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    Delhaye 135 M Sport Coupe by Hebmüller 1948
    Sold For €286,250 at RM | Sotheby's - VILLA ERBA 25 MAY 2019

    Chassis No. 800870
    Engine No. 800870

    n October of 1940, Eugène Chaboud, the talented French racing driver, handed over his Delahaye 135 S Compétition Court (chassis number 46810) racing car to a Mr. Grivelet, an important wine merchant living in Paris. It was subsequently re-registered in Paris under the number 3760 RN, where it would remain for the duration of Second World War.

    After the conclusion of hostilities, Mr. Grivelet decided to rebody his Delahaye. It was common at the time to use a high performance Delahaye chassis and drivetrain as a basis create new coachwork designed by one of the many great coachbuilders of the time. This testifies of the passion and exquisite taste of Mr. Grivelet, who commissioned the artisans at Hebmüller to build a majestic and unique 2-3 seater coupe with a sunroof and retractable rear window. A renowned coachbuilder in Wülfrath, Germany, Hebmüller were famous for important works on Mercedes-Benz 540 K, BMW 328, Packard in the pre-war era, and were also well known for their design of specific Volkswagen Beetle cabriolets.

    Enjoying his prized possession for many years, Mr. Grivelet finally sold this coupe in 1970.

    Passing to Jacques Vincent in 1973, the car was exported to Belgium where it remained with two subsequent owners, the second being Martin Braquet-Arens, who kept the car from 1979-1991. Sold to an owner in the Netherlands in 1991, it was returned to its native France several years later when purchased by the consignor, a collector of rare Delahayes, in 2011. At that time, the bodywork is removed from the chassis and placed into storage. Six years later, the consignor decided embarked on a light restoration of the body and fitted it to a perfectly restored 1948 Delahaye 135 M chassis and drivetrain, (chassis no. 800870).

    Delahaye’s 135 M engines have proven themselves for many years to be reliable powerplants, providing ample flexibility and responsiveness. This particular car combines the prestige of the Delahaye name with the unique coachwork from Hebmüller.
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    1939 Delahaye 135 Roadster in the style of Figoni et Falaschi
    RM | Sotheby's - PARIS 5 FEBRUARY 2020 - The Dayez Collection
    Chassis No. 47420
    Engine No. 47420

    Sold For €455,000

    • Stunning roadster designed by famed illustrator Georges Hamel
    • Fully restored by Dominique Tessier of Tours, including a new roadster body



    Of all the coachbuilders and manufacturers of the 1930s, perhaps no duo was more celebrated than Delahaye and Figoni et Falaschi. Joseph Figoni’s collaboration with illustrator Georges Hamel, or ‘Geo Ham’, led to the creation of 13 streamlined roadsters, the last body of which, and the only one finished after the Second World War, was fitted to the Delahaye 135 bearing chassis no. 47420. Upon completion, it immediately saw participation in a number of concours d’elegance in France. It then passed through a short succession of owners in its native country before disappearing in 1957 in Dordogne.

    Jacques Dayez unexpectedly discovered this Delahaye 135 short chassis in Bordeaux, France, in 2005. All that was present at the time was the chassis and firewall and a French Carte Grise. A fervent enthusiast of the marque, Mr Dayez purchased the chassis, believing it to be the long-lost frame from no. 47420. Unfortunately, Delahaye frames were not stamped with any identifying numbers in period, so its identity cannot be proved conclusively. Nevertheless, Dayez commissioned a full restoration and rebuild of what was believed to be the long-lost Figoni roadster with the marque specialists at Dominique Tessier of Tours.

    Correct Delahaye parts were sourced to create as accurate of a rebuild as possible. With the assistance of modern technologies, including 3-D rendering of similar cars and analyzing historical records, the construction of a 1:3 scale model was built to ensure that the car’s new coachwork would be as accurate as possible to that of the Figoni roadster coachwork originally shown on chassis no. 47420. This process took nearly five years to complete, and the results are spectacular. Accompanying the car are wooden body bucks, a 1:3 scale model, and a history file documenting its restoration. This is a highly accurate re-creation of one of Geo Ham’s most captivating designs, produced with the finest detail by well-regarded French marque specialists.

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    1939 Delahaye 135 Roadster in the style of Figoni et Falaschi

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