1946 Delahaye 135M Coupe / 800311 Chassis Information

1946 Delahaye 135M photograph

1946 Delahaye 135M photograph

1946 Delahaye 135M photograph

1946 Delahaye 135M1946 Delahaye 135M1946 Delahaye 135M
Coupe
Coachwork: Van Leersum
Chassis #: 800311
The Delahaye 135 was introduced in Paris in 1935 and was produced in both the pre-war and post-war era. It was fitted with anew chassis with the same 3.6-liter, six-cylinder engine first used in the earlier Type 138. A year later, Delahaye introduced the 135 M, which had a slightly larger engine with additional horsepower. It was offered with a choice of single, dual, or triple carburetors.

In 1936, Delahaye took 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th places in the 1936 French Grand Prix and winning the Monte Carlo Rally and Le Mans 24-Hour Race outright in 1937 and 1938 respectively.

When World War II came to a close, production of the Type 135 resumed and continued with the same 3.6-liter engine used prior to the war. However, Delahaye struggled due to the large taxes the French government had placed on cars with displacement over three liters. Production of the 135M came to an end in 1951. In 1954, the company was taken over by Hotchkiss.

Since Delahaye had no in-house coachworks, all the chassis were bodied by independent coachbuilders. The list included Saoutchik, Henry Chapron, Franay, Graber, Pennock and Figoni et Falaschi.

This Delahaye Coupe is believed to have been clothed by Van Leersum of Hilversum in the Netherlands. The company was established in 1919 by Jan van Leersum and remained in business until 1952. The Van Leersum Company was one of the more obscure names in European coachbuilding, and their designs were rather avant grade. This Coupe is believed to have been one of the last cars that he created.

By February of 1949, the car was registered as '9277 RQ 7' in the Paris, Seine registration region. Later in life, believed to be around 1980, it was in the care of Mr. Ennio Gianaroli of Belgium. Various ownerships followed prior to entering the care of its current owner around the mid-2000s. Prior to this ownership the Delahaye underwent some restoration work.


By Daniel Vaughan | Nov 2018


2018 Bonhams : Quail Lodge

Pre-Auction Estimates :
$450,000-$550,000 
Lot was not sold

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Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1946 sales)
1946 Delahaye 135 M Coach by Guilloré
Chassis#: 800410
Sold for $77,000
  2016 RM Sotheby's : Hershey
1946 Delahaye 135M image  1946 Delahaye 135M image  
1946 Delahaye 135M Cabriolet
Chassis#: 800269
Sold for $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 $200,273
  2008 Bonhams - Paris Expo, Porte de Versailles Automobiles d'Exception
 
1946 Delahaye 135M Cabriolet
Sold for $276,100
  2004 Vintage Motor Cars in Arizona
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

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 M Coupe by Van Leersum 2017 RM Sothebys : Monterey   
1946 Delahaye 135 Cabriolet by Graber8003202017 RM Sothebys : Monterey $450,000$650,000
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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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Delahaye Type 1351938 Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Figoni
Chassis information for the Delahaye Type 1351938 Roadster
Coachbuilder: Figoni & Falaschi
Chassis information for the Delahaye Type 1351938 Coupe des Alpes
Coachbuilder: Henri Chapron
Chassis Num: 48482
Chassis information for the Delahaye Type 1351938 Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Henri Chapron
Chassis Num: 49148
Chassis information for the Delahaye Type 1351938 Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Figoni & Falaschi
Chassis Num: 49169
Chassis information for the Delahaye Type 1351938 Roadster
Coachbuilder: Carlton Carriage Company
Chassis Num: 49315
Chassis information for the Delahaye Type 1351938 MS Coupe
Coachbuilder: Figoni
Chassis Num: 60112
Engine Num: 60112
Chassis information for the Delahaye Type 1351938 Sports Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: deVillars
Chassis Num: 60123
Chassis information for the Delahaye Type 1351938 Torpedo Grand Sport
Coachbuilder: Figoni & Falaschi
Chassis Num: 60158
Chassis information for the Delahaye Type 1351938 Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Figoni & Falaschi
Chassis Num: 9803 BF59
Chassis information for the Delahaye Type 135 MS1939 Grand Sport Roadster
Coachbuilder: Figoni & Falaschi
Chassis Num: 60158
Engine Num: 60158
Chassis information for the Delahaye Type 135 MS1939 Speciale Drophead
Coachbuilder: Figoni & Falaschi
Chassis Num: 60173
Chassis information for the Delahaye 135M1946 Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Hermann Graber
Chassis Num: 800269
Chassis information for the Delahaye 135M1946 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Van Leersum
Chassis Num: 800311
Chassis information for the Delahaye 135M1946 Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Hermann Graber
Chassis Num: 800320
Engine Num: 800320
Chassis information for the Delahaye 135M1946 Coach Coupe
Coachbuilder: Guillore
Chassis Num: 800410
Engine Num: 800410
Chassis information for the Delahaye 135M1946 Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Figoni & Falaschi
Chassis Num: 800701
Chassis information for the Delahaye 135 MS1947 Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Guillore
Chassis information for the Delahaye 135 MS1947 Roadster
Coachbuilder: Guillore
Chassis information for the Delahaye 135 MS1947 Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Henri Chapron
Chassis information for the Delahaye 135 MS1947 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Lagenthal
Chassis Num: 800490
Engine Num: 800490
Chassis information for the Delahaye 135 MS1947 Narval Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Figoni & Falaschi
Chassis Num: 800495
Chassis information for the Delahaye 135 MS1947 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Pininfarina
Chassis Num: 800697


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