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1939 Delahaye Type 135 MS Speciale Drophead / 60173 Vehicle 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

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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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
High bid of $800,000 at 2011 RM Auctions at Monterey. (did not sell)
Sold for $15,247 (€14,304) at 2017 Artcurial : Retromobile.
This 1939 Delahaye 135MS Cabriolet was originally ordered by the wealthy Parisian socialite, Madame Lucienne Benitez-Rexach. It is powered by the 3.5 liter, triple-carburetor inline-6 with a Cotal preselect gearbox. She enlisted Paris' most exclusive coachbuilder, Figoni et Falaschi, to create this cabriolet body. The Delahaye remained in France for most of its life where it was restored in 2015 to its original specification and colors, just as Madame Rexach had ordered it.

In 2016, the freshly restored Delahaye was flown from France to the United States where it participated in a special class invitational display of Delahayes at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, winning the coveted French Cup awarded for the most significant car of French origin.



2017 Artcurial : Retromobile

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

2011 RM Auctions at Monterey

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

1939 Delahaye Type 135 MS Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1939 sales)
1939 Delahaye 135 MS Cabriolet par Figoni & Falaschi
Chassis#: 60173
Sold for USD$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 USD$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 USD$429,000
  2009 Pebble Beach Auction : Gooding & Company
 
1939 Delahaye Type 135 MS
Sold for USD$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 USD$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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Delahaye Type 135 MS Vehicle Profiles
Cabriolet
Delahaye Type 135 MS Cabriolet

Coachbuilder: Figoni
Model Year: 1938
Profile
Roadster
Delahaye Type 135 MS Roadster

Coachbuilder: Figoni & Falaschi
Model Year: 1938
Profile
Coupe des Alpes
Delahaye Type 135 MS Coupe des Alpes

Coachbuilder: Henri Chapron
Chassis Num: 48482
Model Year: 1938
Profile and Auction History

Cabriolet
Delahaye Type 135 MS Cabriolet

Coachbuilder: Henri Chapron
Chassis Num: 49148
Model Year: 1938
Profile
Cabriolet
Delahaye Type 135 MS Cabriolet

Coachbuilder: Figoni & Falaschi
Chassis Num: 49169
Model Year: 1938
Profile
Roadster
Delahaye Type 135 MS Roadster

Coachbuilder: Carlton Carriage Company
Chassis Num: 49315
Model Year: 1938
Profile

MS Coupe
Delahaye Type 135 MS MS Coupe

Coachbuilder: Figoni
Chassis Num: 60112
Engine Num: 60112
Model Year: 1938
Profile and Auction History
Sports Cabriolet
Delahaye Type 135 MS Sports Cabriolet

Coachbuilder: deVillars
Chassis Num: 60123
Model Year: 1938
Profile and Auction History
Torpedo Grand Sport
Delahaye Type 135 MS Torpedo Grand Sport

Coachbuilder: Figoni & Falaschi
Chassis Num: 60158
Model Year: 1938
Profile

Cabriolet
Delahaye Type 135 MS Cabriolet

Coachbuilder: Figoni & Falaschi
Chassis Num: 9803 BF59
Model Year: 1938
Profile
Grand Sport Roadster
Delahaye Type 135 MS Grand Sport Roadster

Coachbuilder: Figoni & Falaschi
Chassis Num: 60158
Engine Num: 60158
Model Year: 1939
Profile and Auction History
Speciale Drophead
Delahaye Type 135 MS Speciale Drophead

Coachbuilder: Figoni & Falaschi
Chassis Num: 60173
Model Year: 1939
Profile and Auction History

Cabriolet
Delahaye Type 135 MS Cabriolet

Coachbuilder: Hermann Graber
Chassis Num: 800269
Model Year: 1946
Profile and Auction History
Coupe
Delahaye Type 135 MS Coupe

Coachbuilder: Van Leersum
Chassis Num: 800311
Model Year: 1946
Profile and Auction History
Cabriolet
Delahaye Type 135 MS Cabriolet

Coachbuilder: Hermann Graber
Chassis Num: 800320
Engine Num: 800320
Model Year: 1946
Profile and Auction History

Coach Coupe
Delahaye Type 135 MS Coach Coupe

Coachbuilder: Guillore
Chassis Num: 800410
Engine Num: 800410
Model Year: 1946
Profile and Auction History
Cabriolet
Delahaye Type 135 MS Cabriolet

Coachbuilder: Figoni & Falaschi
Chassis Num: 800701
Model Year: 1946
Profile


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