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1946 Delahaye 135M

Chassis number : 800311

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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

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2018 Bonhams : Quail Lodge

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $450,000-USD $550,000 
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 image  1946 Delahaye 135M image  
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
1946 Delahaye 135M vehicle information
Coach
Coachwork: Guillore
Chassis #: 800217