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1947 Delahaye Type 135 MS

Chassis number : 800490

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Sold for $330,000 at 2013 RM Auctions - Amelia Island.
Delahaye began building dependable, medium priced cars and sturdy trucks in 1895. A chassis with independent front suspension and a 3.2 liter overhead valve six-cylinder engine was introduced in 1934. The engine was enlarged to 3.5 liters in 1936 to create the Type 135. It was first shown at the 1935 Paris Auto Show.

MS is an acronym for Modifie Speciale. It was capable of reaching 100 mph placing it among the fastest cars in the world. The MS chassis won many victories including LeMans and a 135 finished second at the 1936 Monte Carlo Rally. At the French Grand Prix, it placed second, third, fourth and fifth.

This teardrop coupe is the triple-carburetor version of Delahaye's most famous model, the Type 135. The 'S' means it has triple carburetors and 135 horsepower. It has an electromagnetic transmission with four speeds, forward and reverse and the common Delahaye accessory frog hood ornament. Lagenthal, a small Swiss coachbuilder with a good reputation, supplied a convertible body on the car. The original owner complained of noise and poor rear visibility and returned the car to Lagenthal for a removable hardtop. However, the top would have been too heavy for easy removal, so it was permanently attached.

Combining good handling and brakes, spirited performance and the dependability of previous Delahayes, the chassis was a favorite of French coachbuilders. The fact that it cost about half as much as a Bugatti Type 57 also helped.

Only 1,155 postwar 135s had been built by the time the model was dropped in 1952. In 1954, Delahaye merged with another French automaker, Hotchkiss. The new company ended Delahaye automobile production.

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2013 RM Auctions - Amelia Island

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $325,000-USD $400,000 
Sale Price :
USD $330,000

1947 Delahaye Type 135 MS Auction Sales

Recent Sales of the Delahaye Type 135 MS

(Data based on Model Year 1947 sales)
1947 Delahaye 135 MS Sport Coupé by Chapron
Chassis#: 800390
Sold for USD$301,953
  2022 RM Sothebys : Monaco Grimaldi Forum
 
1947 Delahaye 135MS Coupé Coachwork by Pinin Farina
Chassis#: 800697
Sold for USD$478,000
  2018 Bonhams : Amelia Island Auction
1947 Delahaye Type 135 MS image  1947 Delahaye Type 135 MS image  
1947 DELAHAYE 135 MS COACH CHAPRON Collection André Lecoq - no reserve
Sold for USD$230,962
  2013 Artcurial - Automobiles Sur Les Champs 5
 
1947 Delahaye 135 MS Coupe by Langenthal
Chassis#: 800490
Sold for USD$330,000
  2013 RM Auctions - Amelia Island
1947 Delahaye Type 135 MS image  1947 Delahaye Type 135 MS image  
1947 Delahaye 135 MS
Sold for USD$375,500
  2006 Bonhams & Butterfields at The Quail Lodge, Resort & Golf Club
1947 Delahaye Type 135 MS image  

Delahaye Type 135 MSs That Failed To Sell At Auction

1947 Delahaye Type 135 MS's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1947 Delahaye 135MS Figoni et Falaschi Narval Cabriolet8004952022 Mecum : Kissimmee   
1947 Delahaye 135MS Figoni et Falaschi Narval Cabriolet8004952021 Mecum : Monterey   
1947 Delahaye 135MS Figoni ET Falaschi Narval Cabriolet8004952021 Mecum : Indy 2021   
1947 Delahaye 135MS Figoni ET Falaschi Narval Cabriolet8004952021 Mecum : Glendale   
1947 Delahaye 135MS Figoni et Falaschi Narval Cabriolet8004952021 Mecum : Kissimmee   
1947 Delahaye 135 MS Figoni et Falaschi Narval Cabriolet8004952020 Mecum Auctions : Kissimmee   
1947 Delahaye 135 MS1947 Delahaye 135 MS Figoni et Falaschi Narval Cabriolet8004952019 Mecum : Chicago   
1947 Delahaye 135MS Figoni et Falaschi Narval Cabriolet8004952019 Mecum : Monterey$2,600,000  
1947 Delahaye 135 MS Cabriolet par Franay 2012 Artcurial Motorcars at Rétromobile   

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1947 Delahaye Type 135 MS vehicle thumbnail image  1947 Delahaye Type 135 MS vehicle thumbnail image  

1947 Delahaye Type 135 MS Profiles

1947 Delahaye Type 135 MS vehicle information
Cabriolet
Coachwork: Guillore
1947 Delahaye Type 135 MS vehicle information
Roadster
Coachwork: Guillore
1947 Delahaye Type 135 MS vehicle information
Letourneur & Marchand Cabriolet
Designer: Letourneur et Marchand
Chassis #: 800484
1947 Delahaye Type 135 MS vehicle information
Cabriolet
Coachwork: Henri Chapron
1947 Delahaye Type 135 MS vehicle information
Coupe
Coachwork: Lagenthal
Chassis #: 800490
Engine #: 800490
1947 Delahaye Type 135 MS vehicle information
Coupe
Coachwork: Pininfarina
Chassis #: 800697
1947 Delahaye Type 135 MS vehicle information
Narval Cabriolet
Coachwork: Figoni & Falaschi
Chassis #: 800495