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1947 Delahaye Type 135 M


Chassis number : 800516

Delahaye 1947 Delahaye Type 135 M History Specifications
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France's Delahaye was founded in 1845 in Tours and later relocated to Paris. They were one of the earliest manufacturers, having built their first horseless carriage in 1894. The company later diversified, building commercial vehicles, which led to further success. Perhaps their greatest achievement, however, was the Type 135 which was introduced at the 1935 Paris Salon. Several 135 variants followed, including the 135 (Modifié), and 135 MS (Modifié Speciale). They had a chassis designed by engineer Jean Francois and given an independent front suspension, Bendix cable-operated brakes, 17-inch center-lock wire wheels, and a choice of a partially-synchronized four-speed manual or Cotal pre-selector transmissions. Power was from an inline six-cylinder engine, initially displacing 3.2-liters, and featured modern overhead-valve architecture. The twin carbureted versions developed 95 horsepower while the triple Solex downdraft carburetor versions offered 110 horsepower. Horsepower increased in 1936 when the displacement was enlarged to 3.6 liters.

At the 1936 French Grand Prix, Delahaye 135s took 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th, proof that they were a dominant force in sports-car racing. Labor unrest forced the cancellation of the Le Mans 24 Hours that year. The Delahaye 135 would score second- and third-place podiums the following year at LeMans and finished first, second, and fourth in 1938. Siam's Prince Bira won the 1938 Donington 12-Hour Sports Car Race and Prince Chula was victorious at Brooklands' 'Fastest Road Car in England' event. Delahaye 135s would continue to be raced well into the 1950s, with one contesting the 1954 Tour de France.

During World War II, automobile production was postponed, with companies and coachbuilders transitioning over to support wartime efforts. Coachbuilder Figoni et Falasci produced aircraft components during the war; a portion of their facilities was reserved for the production of stoves and home-heating radiators. It is also believed that some clandestine body-design work may have continued as well.

One of their most flamboyant and artistic Figoni et Falaschi designs was the Narval or 'Narwhal', based upon the Delahaye 135M chassis and introduced at the 1946 Salon de Paris. It was named 'Narval' for its prominent front treatment, like a Narwhal or perhaps a Beluga Whale. Seven examples were built, no to two exactly alike.

This particular example, chassis number 800516, was completed in March 1947 and finished in Light Blue Metallic paint with a blue leather interior. Its first owner was Mark B. Deitsch, the President of the Prima Company in Ohio, which manufactured fine ladies' footwear. In 1954, it was used in a magazine advertisement for 'Cover Girl Dress Flats by Prima,' earning it the nickname - 'Cover Girl.' From there, it seems to have disappeared from view until the 1970s or early 1980s, when it was owned by Erich Traber in Switzerland. It was given a partial restoration and an engine swap to engine serial number 48482 (the donor car was an Antem-bodied Delahaye 135 convertible). This car, along with the Antem-bodied car (48482) was later sold as a package to R.L. Atwell of Fredericksburg, Texas.

Mr. Atwell sold the Narval with engine 48482 installed to Russ Jackson of Barrett-Jackson collector-car auction fame. His son, Craig Jackson, treated it to a full restoration and painted it black with dark red snakeskin leather upholstery. It was sold at Barrett-Jackson's 1989 auction to Mr. Hata of Japan. It remained in the Hata Collection Museum until February 2013, when it was purchased and sent to California. Meanwhile, Mr. Atwell sold the Antem-bodied car with engine 800516 in it to John McMahan of Houston Texas. Mr. McMahan later sold it to J.A. Paalman of Holland. In February 2013, it was purchased and sent to California, to be reunited with the Narval.

In 2015, the Narval car was offered for sale at Rick Cole's auction in Monterey. Included with the car were the Narval's original engine, and the Antem-bodied Cabriolet. The Antem-bodied car is reported to be in poor condition.

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2015 Rick Cole Monterey

Lot was not sold

1947 Delahaye Type 135 M Auction Sales

Recent Sales of the Delahaye Type 135 M

(Data based on Model Year 1947 sales)
1947 Delahaye 135 M Cabriolet by Chapron
Chassis#: 800479
Sold for USD$210,000
  2022 RM Sothebys : Fort Lauderdale
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1947 Delahaye 135 M Cabriolet by Chapron
Chassis#: 800538
Sold for USD$357,000
  2022 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island
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1947 Delahaye 135M Chapron 3-Position Drophead
Chassis#: 801677
Sold for USD$49,500
  2019 Mecum : Monterey
1947 Delahaye Type 135 M image  1947 Delahaye Type 135 M image  
1947 Delahaye 135 M Cabriolet by Chapron
Chassis#: 800538
Sold for USD$434,000
  2019 RM Sothebys : Monterey
1947 Delahaye Type 135 M image  1947 Delahaye Type 135 M image  
1947 Delahaye 135M Cabriolet
Chassis#: 800657
Sold for USD$357,500
  2019 Worldwide Auctioneers : Scottsdale, Arizona
 
1947 Delahaye 135M Cabriolet
Chassis#: 801339
Sold for USD$216,000
  2017 Coys : Classic Days at Schloss Dyck
1947 Delahaye Type 135 M image  1947 Delahaye Type 135 M image  
1947 DELAHAYE 135 M CABRIOLET
Chassis#: 800788
Sold for USD$495,000
  2014 Barrett-Jackson's 43RD Annual Scottsdale Auction
1947 Delahaye Type 135 M image  
1947 Delahaye Type 135M Cabriolet
Chassis#: 800939
Sold for USD$157,207
  2012 Aalholm Automobile Collection
 
1947 Delahaye 135M Three-Position Drophead Coupé
Chassis#: 800954
Sold for USD$474,500
  2012 Bonhams - The Scottsdale Sale, Az
1947 Delahaye Type 135 M image  1947 Delahaye Type 135 M image  
1947 Delahaye 135M Coupé
Chassis#: 801097
Sold for USD$10,555
  2009 Bonhams - Beaulieu Autojumble, National Motor Museum
 
1947 Delahaye 135 M
Sold for USD$194,000
  2006 Bonhams & Butterfields at The Quail Lodge, Resort & Golf Club
1947 Delahaye Type 135 M image  1947 Delahaye Type 135 M image  
1947 DELAHAYE 135 M CABRIOLET
Sold for USD$105,600
  2001 Barrett-Jackson - Scottsdale 2001
 

Delahaye Type 135 Ms That Failed To Sell At Auction

1947 Delahaye Type 135 M's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1947 Delahaye 135M Roadster8005442023 Bonhams : Les Grandes Marques du Monde à Paris $700,000$900,000
1947 Delahaye 135 M Cabriolet8002852023 Bonhams : Les Grandes Marques du Monde à Paris $170,000$220,000
1947 DELAHAYE 135M CONVERTIBLE8004792021 Bonhams : Amelia Island Auction $300,000$350,000
1947 Delahaye 135M Guillore Cabriolet 2020 Mecum Auctions : Kissimmee   
1947 Delahaye Type 135M Cabriolet8009392019 Bonhams : Goodwood Revival $220,000$280,000
1947 Delahaye 135M Guillore Cabriolet8003882019 Mecum : Monterey$1,100,000$1,500,000$2,000,000
1947 Delahaye Type 135M Cabriolet8009392019 Bonhams : Goodwood Members Meeting $220,000$280,000
1947 Delahaye 135 M8005162015 Rick Cole Monterey   
1947 Delahaye 135 M 2007 Bonhams, An Important Sale of Collectors' Motorcars and Automobilia $450,000$500,000

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1947 Delahaye Type 135 M Profiles

1947 Delahaye Type 135 M vehicle information
Narval Roadster
Coachwork: Figoni & Falaschi
1947 Delahaye Type 135 M vehicle information
Coupe
Coachwork: Henri Chapron
Chassis #: 800605
1947 Delahaye Type 135 M vehicle information
Cabriolet
Coachwork: Guillore
Chassis #: 801339
1947 Delahaye Type 135 M vehicle information
Three-Position Drophead Coupé
Coachwork: Figoni & Falaschi
Chassis #: 800954
Engine #: 95200
1947 Delahaye Type 135 M vehicle information
Cabriolet
Coachwork: Guillore
Chassis #: 800788
1947 Delahaye Type 135 M vehicle information
Narval Roadster
Coachwork: Figoni & Falaschi
Chassis #: 800516
1947 Delahaye Type 135 M vehicle information
Convertible
Coachwork: Pennock
1947 Delahaye Type 135 M vehicle information
Cabriolet
Coachwork: Henri Chapron
Chassis #: 801677
1947 Delahaye Type 135 M vehicle information
Cabriolet
Coachwork: Henri Chapron
Chassis #: 800538
1947 Delahaye Type 135 M vehicle information
Cabriolet
Coachwork: Henri Chapron
Chassis #: 800479
Engine #: 800792