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1948 Delahaye 135 MS Three-Position Cabriolet / 801210 Vehicle Information

1948 Delahaye 135 MS photograph

1948 Delahaye 135 MS photograph

1948 Delahaye 135 MS photograph

1948 Delahaye 135 MS photograph

1948 Delahaye 135 MS photograph

1948 Delahaye 135 MS photograph

1948 Delahaye 135 MS photograph

1948 Delahaye 135 MS photograph

1948 Delahaye 135 MS photograph

1948 Delahaye 135 MS photograph

1948 Delahaye 135 MS photograph

1948 Delahaye 135 MS photograph

1948 Delahaye 135 MS photograph

1948 Delahaye 135 MS photograph

1948 Delahaye 135 MS1948 Delahaye 135 MS1948 Delahaye 135 MS1948 Delahaye 135 MS1948 Delahaye 135 MS1948 Delahaye 135 MS1948 Delahaye 135 MS1948 Delahaye 135 MS1948 Delahaye 135 MS1948 Delahaye 135 MS1948 Delahaye 135 MS1948 Delahaye 135 MS1948 Delahaye 135 MS1948 Delahaye 135 MS
Delahaye introduced their Type 135 chassis at the 1935 Paris Salon de l'Automoible. It rode on a new chassis designed by engineer Jean Francois which featured welded box section side members and pressed cross members welded to a ribbed floor pan. Under the bonnet was a 3557cc overhead valve inline six-cylinder found in the earlier Type 138. A transverse leaf-spring setup, also from the Type 138, was also carried over.

The top-specification, triple-carbureted 'MS' or 'Modife Speciale' offered 160 horsepower and could carry to car to a 120 mph top speed (depending upon coachwork). Delahaye had no in-house coachworks. Instead, bodies were supplied from coachbuilders such as Franay, Figoni et Falaschi, Saoutchik, Pennock, and Marcel Pourtout.

Carrosserie Pourtout was founded by Marcel Pourtout in 1925 and became one of Frances most celebrated and successful coachbuilders of the prewar and immediate postwar eras. The produced bespoke coachwork on some of the top luxury chassis, including Ballot, Bugatti, Buick, Delage, Delaunay-Belleville, Hispano-Suiza, Minerva, Peugeot, Talbot-Lago, and Voisin.

This 1948 Delahaye 135 MS Cabriolet wears coachwork by Pourtout and wears the rare 'Malmaison' body style, so-named after the location of the workshops Pourtout acquired in 1936 located in Rueil-Malmaison outside of Paris, where he also served as mayor from 1941 to 1944, and again from 1947 to 1971. It is believed that this car is one of four 'Malmaison' Cabriolets built in period, and one of two examples with this frontal styling.

Since new, the car has been treated to a restoration. Since that time, only a few thousand miles have been put on the odometer. Power is from a 3557cc overhead valve six-cylinder engine fitted with three Zenith-Stromberg carburetors. There is a 4-speed Cotal Electromagnetic Preselector gearbox and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes.


By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2014



2014 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach Concours

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $650,000-USD $850,000 
Lot was not sold

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1948 sales)
1948 Delahaye 135MS Cabriolet
Chassis#: 801077
Sold for USD$550,000
  2019 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach
1948 Delahaye 135 MS image  1948 Delahaye 135 MS image  

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1948 Delahaye 135 MS's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1948 Delahaye 135 MS Three-Position Cabriolet8012102014 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach Concours $650,000$850,000

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Delahaye 135 MS Vehicle Profiles
Pourtout Coupe Aerodynamique
Delahaye 135 MS Pourtout Coupe Aerodynamique

Coachbuilder: Pourtout
Chassis Num: 800382
Model Year: 1946
Profile
Cabriolet
Delahaye 135 MS Cabriolet

Coachbuilder: Guillore
Model Year: 1947
Profile
Roadster
Delahaye 135 MS Roadster

Coachbuilder: Guillore
Model Year: 1947
Profile

Cabriolet
Delahaye 135 MS Cabriolet

Coachbuilder: Henri Chapron
Model Year: 1947
Profile
Letourneur & Marchand Cabriolet
Delahaye 135 MS Letourneur & Marchand Cabriolet

Chassis Num: 800484
Model Year: 1947
Profile and Auction History
Coupe
Delahaye 135 MS Coupe

Coachbuilder: Lagenthal
Chassis Num: 800490
Engine Num: 800490
Model Year: 1947
Profile and Auction History

Narval Cabriolet
Delahaye 135 MS Narval Cabriolet

Coachbuilder: Figoni & Falaschi
Chassis Num: 800495
Model Year: 1947
Profile and Auction History
Coupe
Delahaye 135 MS Coupe

Coachbuilder: Pininfarina
Chassis Num: 800697
Model Year: 1947
Profile and Auction History
Vedette Cabriolet
Delahaye 135 MS Vedette Cabriolet

Coachbuilder: Henri Chapron
Chassis Num: 800384
Model Year: 1948
Profile

Narval Cabriolet
Delahaye 135 MS Narval Cabriolet

Coachbuilder: Figoni & Falaschi
Chassis Num: 800580
Model Year: 1948
Profile
Cabriolet
Delahaye 135 MS Cabriolet

Coachbuilder: Faget-Varnet
Chassis Num: 801077
Model Year: 1948
Profile and Auction History
Three-Position Cabriolet
Delahaye 135 MS Three-Position Cabriolet

Coachbuilder: Pourtout
Chassis Num: 801210
Model Year: 1948
Profile and Auction History

Coupe
Delahaye 135 MS Coupe

Coachbuilder: Letourner et Marchand
Model Year: 1949
Profile
Roadster
Delahaye 135 MS Roadster

Chassis Num: 800518
Model Year: 1949


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