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1946 Delahaye 135M

Chassis number : 800320

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Sold for $274,793 (CHF297,500) at 2021 RM Sothebys : St. Moritz, Switzerland.
Delahaye introduced the Type 135 at the Paris Auto Show in 1935. It was given a new chassis with the same 3.6-liter, six-cylinder engine found in the earlier Type 138 models. A year later, Delahaye introduced the 135 M, which featured a slightly larger engine with additional horsepower and was offered with a choice of single, dual, or triple carburetors.

The Delahaye 135 took the top six places at Marseilles in 1936.

After World War II, production of the Type 135 continued with the same 3.6-liter engine used prior to the war. By this point in history, the French government had placed large taxes on cars with displacement sizes over three liters, and Delahaye began to struggle.

This example is fitted with a drophead coupe body with coachwork by the Swiss coachbuilders Graber. It was originally delivered to a Swiss banker and remained in storage after his passing until 1995, when it was acquired by the second owner, a Dr. Hair. After the dissolution of Dr. Hair's collection later in the decade, the Delahaye was acquired by a Swiss professor named Dr. Reuter. While in his care, the car was given a complete restoration to its present condition and livery. Shortly after its completion, in 1999, it came into the care of its current owner.


By Daniel Vaughan | Nov 2017
Sold for $274,793 (CHF297,500) at 2021 RM Sothebys : St. Moritz, Switzerland.
Originally delivered to a prominent Swiss banker, Maurice Labhardt, this car was one of just two Delahayes bodied by Graber in this very clean, rounded and smooth modern design. It had an upgraded 135MS engine fitted by the factory in 1947, while retaining the optional Cotal preselector gearbox. The car remained in Mr. Labhardt's possession for nearly four decades, until 1985. Each of the owners since then has been a prominent collector, one of whom had the car fully restored in 1996. That restoration was freshened before the Delahaye was acquired by the current owner in 2021.

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2021 RM Sothebys : St. Moritz, Switzerland

Sale Price :
USD $274,793 (CHF297,500.00)

2017 RM Sothebys : Monterey

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $450,000-USD $650,000 
Lot was not sold

1946 Delahaye 135M Auction Sales

Recent Sales of the Delahaye 135M

(Data based on Model Year 1946 sales)
1946 Delahaye 135 M Coach by Guilloré
Chassis#: 800217
Sold for USD$98,000
  2022 RM Sothebys : Monterey
 
1946 Delahaye 135M Cabriolet by Graber
Chassis#: 800320
Sold for USD$274,793
  2021 RM Sothebys : St. Moritz, Switzerland
1946 Delahaye 135M image  1946 Delahaye 135M image  
1946 Delahaye 135 Cabriolet by Figoni et Falaschi
Chassis#: 800308
Sold for USD$413,004
  2020 RM Sothebys : Paris
 
1946 Delahaye 135 M Coach by Guilloré
Chassis#: 800410
Sold for USD$77,000
  2016 RM Sotheby's : Hershey
1946 Delahaye 135M image  1946 Delahaye 135M image  
1946 Delahaye 135M Cabriolet
Chassis#: 800269
Sold for USD$193,421
  2012 Bonhams - Paris, La Halle Freyssinet Motocars
1946 Delahaye 135M image  1946 Delahaye 135M image  
1946 Delahaye 135M Cabriolet
Chassis#: 48715
Sold for USD$200,273
  2008 Bonhams - Paris Expo, Porte de Versailles Automobiles d'Exception
 
1946 Delahaye 135M Cabriolet
Sold for USD$276,100
  2004 Vintage Motor Cars in Arizona
 

Delahaye 135Ms That Failed To Sell At Auction

1946 Delahaye 135M's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1946 Delahaye 135M Coupe Coachwork by Van Leersum8003112018 Bonhams : Quail Lodge $450,000$550,000
1946 Delahaye 135 Cabriolet by Graber8003202017 RM Sothebys : Monterey $450,000$650,000
1946 Delahaye 135 M Coupe by Van Leersum 2017 RM Sothebys : Monterey   
1946 DELAHAYE 135M COACH COUPÉ8004102016 Bonhams : The Amelia Island Auction $150,000$200,000
1946 Delahaye 135M Cabriolet8004242015 Bonhams : Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais $150,000$200,000
1946 Delahaye 135M Roadster8004292010 Leake Car Auctions 38th Annual Leake Auto Auction Market Hall$100,000  

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1946 Delahaye 135M Profiles

1946 Delahaye 135M vehicle information
Cabriolet
Coachwork: Figoni & Falaschi
Chassis #: 800701
1946 Delahaye 135M vehicle information
Coach Coupe
Coachwork: Guillore
Chassis #: 800410
Engine #: 800410
1946 Delahaye 135M vehicle information
Cabriolet
Coachwork: Hermann Graber
Chassis #: 800269
1946 Delahaye 135M vehicle information
Cabriolet
Coachwork: Hermann Graber
Chassis #: 800320
Engine #: 800320
1946 Delahaye 135M vehicle information
Coupe
Coachwork: Van Leersum
Chassis #: 800311