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The Delahaye 135, also known as 'Coupe des Alpes' after the car's success in that Alpine Rally, was first presented at the Paris Auto Salon in 1935 and production continued until 1954. Around 2,000 of these sporty grand tourers were built.

This Delahaye 135 M Cabriolet is the work of Marcel Pourtout, one of France's best-known ateliers. The body design was named the 'Malmaison' after the Chateau de Malmaison in Rueil Malmaison, a western suburb of Paris where Pourtout was the mayor. The Malmaison exhibited the transitional postwar 'pontoon' style that inspired many European automobile designs. Marcel Pourtout based his cabriolet 'Malmaison' on pre-war lines, namely in the high and long dramatic sweep of its front fenders. There were only about four to six examples ever made of which three are known to remain today. All were installed on the 135 M chassis with its optional 6 103S engine, a design equipped with three Solex carburetors for an output of 115 hp. Under the hood is the original numbers matching Type 103S engine with the proper date code and triple carburetion correct to all examples of 'Malmaison'. It also has suicide doors with door jams lined with polished aluminum. It is also fitted with a Cotal pre-selector gearbox.

Overall the car projects a quiet elegance without any of the over-the-top flamboyant chrome work found on many Delahayes or other post-war cars of the period. The restoration was completed in 2018. The car is dark aubergine with a violet interior, matching painted wire wheels and blackwall tires to replicate the car as originally delivered.

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1949 Delahaye Type 135M Auction Sales

Recent Sales of the Delahaye Type 135M

(Data based on Model Year 1949 sales)
1949 Delahaye 135M Cabriolet by Chapron
Chassis#: 801355
Sold for USD$240,800
  2020 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island Auction
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1949 Delahaye 135 Coach by Chapron
Chassis#: 801432
Sold for USD$35,345
  2020 RM Sothebys : Paris
 
1949 Delahaye 135M Cabriolet
Chassis#: 801221
Sold for USD$475,000
  2019 Gooding & Company : Amelia Island
1949 Delahaye Type 135M image  1949 Delahaye Type 135M image  
1949 Delahaye 135 M cabriolet Guilloré
Chassis#: 801242
Sold for USD$96,984
  2016 Artcurial : LeMans Classic
 
1949 Delahaye 135 M Cabriolet 'Malmaison' by Pourtout
Chassis#: 801199
Sold for USD$495,000
  2016 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island
1949 Delahaye Type 135M image  1949 Delahaye Type 135M image  
1949 Delahaye 135 MS coupé Ghia Turin
Chassis#: 800514
Sold for USD$180,194
  2016 Rétromobile 2016 by Artcurial Motorcars
 
1949 Delahaye 135 M Cabriolet by Guilloré
Chassis#: 801221
Sold for USD$451,000
  2016 RM Sothebys : Arizona
1949 Delahaye Type 135M image  1949 Delahaye Type 135M image  
1949 Delahaye 135M Cabriolet
Chassis#: 800 755
Sold for USD$359,674
  2015 Bonhams : Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais
 
1949 DELAHAYE 135M CABRIOLET
Chassis#: 800863
Sold for USD$399,155
  2014 LES GRANDES MARQUES DU MONDE AU GRAND PALAIS
 
1949 Delahaye 135M Replica Roadster by Crailville
Chassis#: 800820
Sold for USD$350,003
  2010 RM Auctions - Sporting Classics of Monaco
 

Delahaye Type 135Ms That Failed To Sell At Auction

1949 Delahaye Type 135M's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1949 Delahaye 135 M Estérel Roadster8013392023 Bonhams : Les Grandes Marques du Monde à Paris $200,000$220,000
1949 Delahaye 135 M Cabriolet by Guilloré8008632019 RM Sothebys : Paris $250,000$325,000
1949 Delahaye 135M Cabriolet8014722018 Gooding & Company : Scottsdale, Az. $275,000$350,000

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1949 Delahaye Type 135M Profiles

1949 Delahaye Type 135M vehicle information
Cabriolet
Coachwork: Guillore
Chassis #: 801221
1949 Delahaye Type 135M vehicle information
Cabriolet
Coachwork: Saoutchik
Chassis #: 801424
1949 Delahaye Type 135M vehicle information
Coupe de Ville
Coachwork: Saoutchik
1949 Delahaye Type 135M vehicle information
Cabriolet Malmaison
Coachwork: Pourtout
Chassis #: 801199
Engine #: 801199
1949 Delahaye Type 135M vehicle information
Cabriolet
Coachwork: Henri Chapron
1949 Delahaye Type 135M vehicle information
Cabriolet Malmaison
Coachwork: Pourtout
1949 Delahaye Type 135M vehicle information
Cabriolet
Coachwork: Henri Chapron
Chassis #: 801355
Engine #: 801355