1939 Delahaye Type 135 MS Speciale Drophead / 60173 Chassis Information

1939 Delahaye Type 135 MS photograph

1939 Delahaye Type 135 MS photograph

1939 Delahaye Type 135 MS photograph

1939 Delahaye Type 135 MS photograph

1939 Delahaye Type 135 MS photograph

1939 Delahaye Type 135 MS photograph

1939 Delahaye Type 135 MS photograph

1939 Delahaye Type 135 MS photograph

1939 Delahaye Type 135 MS photograph

1939 Delahaye Type 135 MS photograph

1939 Delahaye Type 135 MS photograph

1939 Delahaye Type 135 MS photograph

1939 Delahaye Type 135 MS photograph

1939 Delahaye Type 135 MS photograph

1939 Delahaye Type 135 MS photograph

1939 Delahaye Type 135 MS photograph

1939 Delahaye Type 135 MS photograph

1939 Delahaye Type 135 MS photograph

1939 Delahaye Type 135 MS photograph

1939 Delahaye Type 135 MS photograph

1939 Delahaye Type 135 MS photograph

1939 Delahaye Type 135 MS photograph

1939 Delahaye Type 135 MS photograph

1939 Delahaye Type 135 MS photograph

1939 Delahaye Type 135 MS photograph

1939 Delahaye Type 135 MS photograph

1939 Delahaye Type 135 MS photograph

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Speciale Drophead
Coachwork: Figoni & Falaschi
Chassis #: 60173
High bid of $800,000 at 2011 RM Auctions at Monterey. (did not sell)
Sold for $15,247 (€14,304) at 2017 Artcurial : Retromobile.
Delahaye had its beginnings in the late 19th century in Tours, France. Delahaye automobile manufacturing would be established in 1894 by Emile Delahaye. The company would soon gain a reputation for their reliable trucks. The company wanted to change their reputation.

Delahaye would set to work designing a new and exciting car. Jean Francois, the company's designer, would start with a 3.2-liter straight-six engine that had been created based upon one of the company's successful truck engines. From there he would design a car around it. In 1935, Francois and Delahaye would introduce the 135, which was also known as 'Coupe des Alpes'.

The 135 would feature independent, leaf-sprung front suspension and a live rear axle. The car's engine could produce 95 hp with twin carburetors, but that number could go up to 110 hp with three downdraught Solex carburetors. Applying the power to the wheels came via either a four-speed Cotal pre-selector or a four-speed manual that was partially synchronized.

The car would immediately catch the eye of many racers and the car would enjoy a good deal of success. But it would get even better when the 'M' model, which stood for competition version, was introduced in 1936. This model 135 would have a larger bore 3.5-liter engine with triple carburetors. Now the Delahaye 135 could reach speeds of around 110 mph and had the reliability to take full advantage of it.

Delahaye had begun to change its image. It would be taken a step further when 'Grand Carrosseries', like Figoni et Falaschi, would begin designing exquisitely elegant bodywork over the sporty 135 frame. One such example of the body styles to have been so beautifully mated to the raw performance was what would become known as the 135MS 'Speciale'.
Only five of such bodywork styling was ever known to be constructed and the only known example to have survived would cross the block at the RM Auction in Monterey in August of 2011.

Born of simple origins like Delahaye, ‘La Morne Moineau' had her beginnings in poverty. She would sell flowers in nightclubs and would be heard singing as she travelled the streets. Her signing would eventually cause her to be discovered by Paul Poiret and she would be vaulted to fame as she would begin singing in Parisian nightclubs.

She would eventually make her way to Broadway where she would meet and marry Felix Benitez. From then on her turnaround would be made complete. She would go from rags to what some believed to be the richest woman in the world during the 1930s. Besides her yacht, villas and her own private DC3 airplane, La Morne Moineau would also come to own chassis number 60173, the very example that would go up for auction this year.

Seen in the United States for the first time ever, this car has earned numerous awards over the years in events in France and went through restoration in the late 1980s to retain its elegance. Complete with distinctive three-position top, vast amounts of research conducted by Claude Figoni and known to be the only remaining example of the ‘Speciale', the car was expected to earn between $950,000 and $1,250,000 at auction.

Besides its brilliant finish and tan leather interior complete with beautiful wood accents and instrument panel, the car comes complete with a treasure chest full of history. Not only does the car turn heads, but because of its history, it has the ability to touch hearts as well. At auction, bidding reached $800,000 but was not enough to satisfy the reserve. It would leave the auction unsold.

Sources:
'Feature Lots: Lot No. 275: 1939 Delahaye 135MS 'Speciale' by Figoni et Falaschi', (http://www.rmauctions.com/FeatureCars.cfm?SaleCode=MO11&CarID=r299&fc=0#). RM Auctions. http://www.rmauctions.com/FeatureCars.cfm?SaleCode=MO11&CarID=r299&fc=0#. Retrieved 16 August 2011.

'Delahaye: 1939 Delahaye Type 135MS', (http://www.conceptcarz.com/vehicle/z13282/Delahaye-Type-135-MS.aspx). Conceptcarz.com: From Concept to Production. http://www.conceptcarz.com/vehicle/z13282/Delahaye-Type-135-MS.aspx. Retrieved 16 August 2011.

Wikipedia contributors, 'Delahaye', Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 12 August 2011, 09:38 UTC, http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Delahaye&oldid=444413674 accessed 16 August 2011

Wikipedia contributors, 'Delahaye 135', Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 12 August 2011, 10:13 UTC, http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Delahaye_135&oldid=444416991 accessed 16 August 2011

By Jeremy McMullen

2017 Artcurial : Retromobile

Pre-Auction Estimates :
€1,200,000-€1,600,000 
Sale Price :
$15,247 (€14,304.00)

2011 RM Auctions at Monterey

Pre-Auction Estimates :
$950,000-$1,250,000 
High Bid (Lot was not sold)
$800,000

2017 1
2011 1
2009 1
2007 1
2006 1

YearAvg. SaleHigh Sale# of Sales
2017$15,247$15,2471
2011$1,118,313$1,118,3131
2009$429,000$429,0001
2007$1,347,500$1,347,5001
2006$1,100,000$1,100,0001

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1939 sales)
1939 Delahaye 135 MS Cabriolet par Figoni & Falaschi
Chassis#: 60173
Sold for $15,247
  2017 Artcurial : Retromobile
1939 Delahaye Type 135 MS image  1939 Delahaye Type 135 MS image  
1939 Delahaye 135 MS Grand Sport Roadster by Figoni et Falaschi
Chassis#: 60158
Sold for $1,118,313
  2011 RM Auctions - Villa d'Este
1939 Delahaye Type 135 MS image  1939 Delahaye Type 135 MS image  
1939 Delahaye 135MS Competition Drop Head
Chassis#: 60166
Sold for $429,000
  2009 Pebble Beach Auction : Gooding & Company
 
1939 Delahaye Type 135 MS
Sold for $1,347,500
  2007 Vintage Motor Cars at Amelia Island
1939 Delahaye Type 135 MS image  1939 Delahaye Type 135 MS image  
1939 Delahaye Type 135 MS
Sold for $1,100,000
  2006 Gooding & Company Pebble Beach Auction
1939 Delahaye Type 135 MS image  1939 Delahaye Type 135 MS image  

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1939 Delahaye Type 135 MS's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1939 Delahaye 135MS Speciale by Figoni et Falaschi601732011 RM Auctions at Monterey$800,000$950,000$1,250,000

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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Delahaye Type 1351938 Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Figoni
Chassis information for the Delahaye Type 1351938 Roadster
Coachbuilder: Figoni & Falaschi
Chassis information for the Delahaye Type 1351938 Coupe des Alpes
Coachbuilder: Henri Chapron
Chassis Num: 48482
Chassis information for the Delahaye Type 1351938 Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Henri Chapron
Chassis Num: 49148
Chassis information for the Delahaye Type 1351938 Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Figoni & Falaschi
Chassis Num: 49169
Chassis information for the Delahaye Type 1351938 Roadster
Coachbuilder: Carlton Carriage Company
Chassis Num: 49315
Chassis information for the Delahaye Type 1351938 MS Coupe
Coachbuilder: Figoni
Chassis Num: 60112
Engine Num: 60112
Chassis information for the Delahaye Type 1351938 Sports Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: deVillars
Chassis Num: 60123
Chassis information for the Delahaye Type 1351938 Torpedo Grand Sport
Coachbuilder: Figoni & Falaschi
Chassis Num: 60158
Chassis information for the Delahaye Type 1351938 Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Figoni & Falaschi
Chassis Num: 9803 BF59
Chassis information for the Delahaye Type 135 MS1939 Grand Sport Roadster
Coachbuilder: Figoni & Falaschi
Chassis Num: 60158
Engine Num: 60158
Chassis information for the Delahaye Type 135 MS1939 Speciale Drophead
Coachbuilder: Figoni & Falaschi
Chassis Num: 60173
Chassis information for the Delahaye 135M1946 Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Hermann Graber
Chassis Num: 800269
Chassis information for the Delahaye 135M1946 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Van Leersum
Chassis Num: 800311
Chassis information for the Delahaye 135M1946 Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Hermann Graber
Chassis Num: 800320
Engine Num: 800320
Chassis information for the Delahaye 135M1946 Coach Coupe
Coachbuilder: Guillore
Chassis Num: 800410
Engine Num: 800410
Chassis information for the Delahaye 135M1946 Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Figoni & Falaschi
Chassis Num: 800701
Chassis information for the Delahaye 135 MS1947 Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Guillore
Chassis information for the Delahaye 135 MS1947 Roadster
Coachbuilder: Guillore
Chassis information for the Delahaye 135 MS1947 Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Henri Chapron
Chassis information for the Delahaye 135 MS1947 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Lagenthal
Chassis Num: 800490
Engine Num: 800490
Chassis information for the Delahaye 135 MS1947 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Pininfarina
Chassis Num: 800697


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