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Delahaye 135 1946

Allmän beskrivning : From its foundation in 1894, Delahaye quickly rose to prominence in the French motor industry. Their reputation for quality and performance resulted from their exploits at Le Mans and elsewhere across Europe in the highly competitive world of Grand Prix racing. In 1935, Delahaye unveiled a new car that became one of the most successful models in its history – the Type 135. Aside from being a natural-born competitor, the Type 135 chassis was also a darling of the prestigious French coachbuilding industry, proving to be the canvas of choice for many a masterpiece of French design from highly prestigious firms including Chapron, Franay, and Figoni et Falaschi.

As the dust of war settled, the citizens and industry of France emerged from the rubble battered but far from broken. Delahaye reopened its factory, initially just for 3 ½ -ton truck production, which paid the bills thanks to the high demands of Reconstruction. In 1946, the Type 135M resumed production, and Delahaye was finally back in the business of building France’s premier sportscars. Engineers revised the 135 with a widened track for better handling and improved the overhead valve six-cylinder engine, offering up to 130 horsepower for the “MS” and considerably more for racing. The emerging postwar aesthetic proved a fine match for the superb chassis, and bodies varied as widely as owners’ personalities. Ultimately, Delahaye built 1,155 post-war Type 135s through 1952, but sadly, it was all over in 1954 following a merger with Hotchkiss.

The Delahaye offered here is one of a scant few Type 135s with coachwork by Worblaufen of Berne, Switzerland. Carrosserie Worblaufen may be a lesser-known coachbuilding firm, yet they enjoyed a quiet reputation for superb quality craftsmanship and tasteful, understated design. Fritz Ramseier founded the firm in 1929 in his home village of Worblaufen and was joined by his brothers Earnst and Hans, who assisted with sales and running the workshop, respectively. Their early work consisted mainly of drophead versions of humble Opels, Renaults, and Peugeots, but soon, a more sophisticated clientele came calling. Before long, chassis from Mercedes-Benz, Alfa Romeo, Lancia, and Isotta-Fraschini were dotted throughout the workshop. Delahaye was an ideal fit for Worblaufen’s style and quality, and the firm bodied about a dozen chassis in-period, of which just four or five survive.

According to Club Delahaye historians, chassis number 800319 is one of nine Worblaufen-bodied Delahayes known to survive. While the earliest history it not known, it was likely sold to a Swiss owner considering the choice of coachwork. In the early 1990s, it was owned by known marque enthusiast James Brandy of Oakdale, Pennsylvania. He placed an advert in a French newspaper listing the car for sale, with photos showing it in unrestored but complete condition. It was subsequently restored in an American restoration shop for a Mr. John McDonald, who traded it to the most recent owner in the late 1990s.

As offered, it is in lovely condition with a well preserved restoration. Some subtle alterations were made to the design during its restoration, with notable elements including low-mounted Marchal headlamps, rear wheel spats, and polished body side trim. These touches were inspired by similar Worblaufen designs used on Alfa Romeo chassis and highlight its graceful, curvaceous lines. Gorgeous ventilated wheel covers and black wall tires provide the perfect finishing touch to this sporting grande routière. The restoration has matured gracefully, displaying excellent, consistent finishing of the dark metallic blue paint and brightwork. Worblaufen coachwork is highly regarded for its impressive quality, which is apparent throughout this marvelous automobile.

The lovely interior offers plenty of room for four passengers. Like the exterior, the soft trim is well preserved since its restoration and presents in excellent condition with attractive taupe-colored leather piped in blue, matching light tan carpets, and a woodgrain-effect instrument panel. Switches and controls are in good order, including the correct O.S. dials and three-spoke banjo steering wheel. Understated yet luxurious, the cabin is undoubtedly a marvelous place to spend the day motoring along your favorite roads.

The side-hinged bonnet opens to reveal the period-correct OHV inline-six equipped with triple carburetors and backed by a four-speed Cotal pre-select gearbox. Club experts believe this car originally had the preferred three-carburetor “MS” engine, making the current unit true to original specs. The engine bay is well detailed, tidy, and honestly presented, with authentic ancillaries and paint finishes. It runs well and is ideally suited for further preparation for touring and road events.

Of the approximately 45 known examples of Worblaufen coachwork extant, this marvelous Delahaye is certainly one of the standouts. It is a beautiful machine that combines the best restrained Swiss aesthetics and sporty French underpinnings in a beautifully crafted package.

Offers welcome and trades considered

1946 Delahaye 135 is listed till salu on ClassicDigest in St. Louis by Hyman Ltd. for $389500.


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Karosstyp : Personbil Märke : Delahaye Modell : 135 Motorvolym : 0.0 Årsmodell : 1946 Karosstyp : Convertible Läge : Missouri Fordon Registrering : Odefinierad

389500 $

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Det var en gång i en region känd för sitt vin, ost och snobbiga kypare när fransmännen beslutade sig för att bygga bilar. De kallade sitt bilmärke Delahaye eftersom det lät så fint, och de var ju fransmän - allt måste låta fint!

I början av 1900-talet började Delahaye tillverka bilar som var elegantare än en balettuppträdande vid Eiffeltornet. Deras bilar var som parisiska fotomodeller på hjul och drog blickarna till sig var de än kom.

Men fransmännen, typiskt franska, bestämde sig för att göra saker och ting lite förvirrande. De namngav sina bilar med en massa nummer som 135 och 165. Så om du någonsin träffade någon som sa: "Jag kör en Delahaye 165", skulle du tänka att de antingen var matematiker eller bilentusiaster.

Nu, låt oss prata om Delahayes amerikanska äventyr. I denna fantasifulla berättelse stormade Delahaye den amerikanska marknaden, beväpnade med baguetter och baskrar. Det gjorde de naturligtvis inte i verkligheten, men låt oss låtsas att de gjorde det!

Delahaye lanserade Delahaye 135, en bil så elegant att den fick en limousin att se ut som en burk inlagd gurka på hjul. Med sin imponerande radsexfylld motor kunde den susa genom New Yorks gator som en fransk kypare som balanserar ett fat med fin Bordeaux.

Men juvelen i Delahayes utbud var den mytiska Delahaye 165. Det ryktades att den här bilen hade en V12-motor med mer kraft än Eiffeltornet som lyste upp natten. Den var ett konstverk, ett mästerverk som fick Frihetsgudinnan att rodna av avund.

Vad gäller tekniska specifikationer hade Delahaye 165 i vår fantasifulla berättelse en helt påhittad V12-motor som producerade fantastiskt många hästkrafter, tillräckligt för att få till och med en rymdraket att känna sig otillräcklig.

Även om Delahaye faktiskt inte erövrade den amerikanska marknaden, skapade de ändå några riktigt utsökta bilar som beundrades för sin stil och prestanda. De är som det franska vinet inom bilvärlden, kända för sin elegans och sofistikation.

Observera att denna historia är helt fiktiv, och Delahaye erövrade faktiskt inte den amerikanska marknaden. De skapade dock några bemärkelsesvärda och stilfulla bilar som är högt respekterade inom bilhistorien.