1938 Delahaye Type 135 MS Coupe / 60112 Vehicle Information

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MS Coupe
Coachwork: Figoni
Chassis #: 60112
Engine #: 60112
Sold for $1,712,000 at 2006 Bonhams & Butterfields at The Quail Lodge, Resort & Golf Club.
High bid of €830,000 at 2011 RM Auctions - Villa d'Este. (did not sell)
Sold for $1,540,000 at 2013 RM Auctions - Arizona.
Sold for $990,000 at 2015 RM Sotheby's : Amelia Island.
The placement of custom bodies on the chassis of great automobiles otherwise known as coach building reached its zenith in the 1930s. The French Delahaye was renowned for its drivability and road holding abilities. Add its high performance inline six-cylinder with its 160 horsepower MS configuration and you had a platform of choice for Figoni et Falaschi who made famous the Goutte d'Eau or teardrop streamliners.

This 1938 Delahaye 135 MS Coupe with coachwork by Figoni & Falaschi was displayed on the Figoni/Falaschi stand at the 1938 Paris Salon. Also on display at the time was a Delahaye V12 Roadster.

The chassis was built atop of the new 135 M Special, also known as MS, and powered by a four-main bearing 3557cc engine that was comprised of light alloy cinder heads and had a 8.4:1 compression ratio. Pushrods operated the 42 mm vertical inlet valves. The engine breathed through triple down-draft Solex carburetors and emptied into six exhaust ports which eventually feed into a single exhaust pipe. Power was rated at 125.

The car came standard with center-lock 5.50x17 Rudge-Whitworth wheels and rack-and-pinion gear for raising and lowering the side windows. The front suspension was independent, while the rear was comprised of semi-elliptic leaf springs. The drum brakes measured 14-inches in diameter and were suitable enough to keep this powerful, yet lightweight coupe in the control of its driver. There is a Cotal electromagnetic gearbox.

The immediate history after the salon is not fully known, but in the post-WWII era, it had come into the possession of Madame Michele Gautier of La Seyne-Sur-Mer. During some period in its history, the frontal area was modified with a narrower radiator grille and chrome lights on the edges of the wings, replacing the low-level lamps.

In 1964, Antoine Raffaelli came across this magnificent automobile. It was behind a reef hedge in South-West France and it took twenty-one years before Raffaelli was able to convince the owner to sell the car. Upon receiving the car in 1985, he began a complete restoration which took a couple of years to complete. It was offered for sale in 1990. Within a few years, it had made its way to the United States where it became a museum exhibit.

This car was offered for sale at the 2006 Bonhams & Butterfields auction held at the Quail Lodge in Carmel, California where it was estimated to sell between $1,000,000 - $1,300,000. At auction, this beautiful automobile was sold, selling for $1,712,000 and exceeding the estimated value.

This Delahaye was voted Best of Show at Ault Park in 2017, and Boca Raton and Cobble Beach in 2018.


By Daniel Vaughan | Nov 2018
MS Coupe
Coachwork: Figoni
Chassis #: 60112
Engine #: 60112
Sold for $1,712,000 at 2006 Bonhams & Butterfields at The Quail Lodge, Resort & Golf Club.
High bid of €830,000 at 2011 RM Auctions - Villa d'Este. (did not sell)
Sold for $1,540,000 at 2013 RM Auctions - Arizona.
Sold for $990,000 at 2015 RM Sotheby's : Amelia Island.
This 1938 Delahaye is equipped with the desirable racing specification 160 hp MS engine and fitted with coachwork by Figoni 'et Falaschi. The car was first displayed by the coachbuilder on their stand at the 1938 Paris Auto Salon show. During WWII it was kept safely hidden in occupied France and not discovered until 1968 in a field near Toulon, France. The car was first restored in 1986 and acquired by the Rosso Bianco Collection in Germany. Twenty years later it was restored for the second time.

The car is powered by a 3557 cc overhead-valve 6-cylinder engine with three horizontal carburetors developing 160 hp coupled to a 4-speed manual transmission with an electromagnetic selector. The brakes are controlled by a single cable under the motor.


2015 RM Sotheby's : Amelia Island

Pre-Auction Estimates :
$1,100,000-$1,600,000 
Sale Price :
$990,000

2013 RM Auctions - Arizona

Pre-Auction Estimates :
$1,000,000-$1,400,000 
Sale Price :
$1,540,000

2011 RM Auctions - Villa d'Este

Pre-Auction Estimates :
€900,000-€1,100,000 
High Bid (Lot was not sold)
€830,000

2006 Bonhams & Butterfields at The Quail Lodge, Resort & Golf Club

Pre-Auction Estimates :
$1,000,000-$1,300,000 
Sale Price :
$1,712,000

1938 Delahaye Type 135 Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1938 sales)
1938 Delahaye 135 M Three-position Drophead Coupé
Chassis#: 48721
Sold for $258,594
  2020 Bonhams : Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais
 
1938 Delahaye 135 MS Cabriolet Conversion
Chassis#: 60221
Sold for $270,603
  2017 RM Sothebys : London
 
1937 DELAHAYE 135 CABRIOLET Coachwork by Henri Chapron
Chassis#: 48482
Sold for $434,500
  2016 Bonhams : The Amelia Island Auction
1938 Delahaye Type 135 image  1938 Delahaye Type 135 image  
1938 Delahaye 135 MS Coupe by Figoni et Falaschi
Chassis#: 60112
Sold for $990,000
  2015 RM Sotheby's : Amelia Island
1938 Delahaye Type 135 image  1938 Delahaye Type 135 image  
1938 Delahaye 135 M cabriolet
Chassis#: 6S103
Sold for $166,992
  2015 Bonhams : Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais
 
1937 DELAHAYE 135 MS CHAPRON WITH FIGONI BUMPERS
Chassis#: 48482
Sold for $385,000
  2015 Barrett-Jackson - Scottsdale
1938 Delahaye Type 135 image  1938 Delahaye Type 135 image  
1938 Delahaye 135 MS Coupe by Figoni et Falaschi
Chassis#: 60112
Sold for $1,540,000
  2013 RM Auctions - Arizona
1938 Delahaye Type 135 image  1938 Delahaye Type 135 image  
1938 Delahaye 135MS Sports Cabriolet
Chassis#: 60123
Sold for $852,500
  2010 RM Auctions - Sports & Classics of Monterey
1938 Delahaye Type 135 image  1938 Delahaye Type 135 image  
1938 Delahaye 135 MS Competition Cabriolet
Chassis#: 49197
Sold for $2,383,002
  2010 RM Auctions - Sporting Classics of Monaco
 
1938 Delahaye Type 135 Paris Salon Cabriolet
Sold for $1,712,000
  2006 Bonhams & Butterfields at The Quail Lodge, Resort & Golf Club
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Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1938 Delahaye Type 135's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1938 Delahaye 135 M Coupé Sport Chapron601272017 Artcurial : Retromobile $400,000$600,000
1938 Delahaye 135 MS Coupé by Figoni et Falaschi601122011 RM Auctions Villa d'Este$830,000$900,000$1,100,000
1938 Delahaye 135 M cabriolet6S1032010 Bonhams Automobiles d'Exception á Rétromobile $120,000$160,000

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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 Narval Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Figoni & Falaschi
Chassis Num: 800495
Chassis information for the Delahaye 135 MS1947 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Pininfarina
Chassis Num: 800697


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