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1949 Delahaye Type 135M

1949 Delahaye Type 135M Cabriolet

  • Coachwork by Guillore
  • Chassis Number: 801221
  • The origins of Delahaye lie in a company set up as long ago as 1845 to produce brick-making machinery. Emile Delahaye was a railroad engineer who designed rolling stock for the French and Belgian railroads. He built his first car in 1895. Delahaye took over Delage in 1935, a maker of elegant cars and a company with an established clientele who demanded both performance and elegance. The Type 135 was first presented at the 1934 Paris Salon (just prior to the merger of the two companies). It provided the perfect foundation for flamboyant coachwork by various carrossiers.

    The Delahaye 135 is an important French automobile, bridging the prewar and postwar periods of engineering. The 135 M boasted a brand-new chassis with the prewar 3.6-liter, 6-cylinder engine first seen in the Delahaye Type 138. The 135 M continued to be available alongside the newer Delahaye 235 until the demise of the company in 1954.

    A total of 2,592 were produced from 1935-1952 including this example. This 135 M Cabriolet was bodied by Alphonse Guillore, a small coachbuilder from the Courbevoie-sur-Seine suburb of Paris, building bodies from 1937-1951. The chassis of this car was likely built in 1947, but not sent to carrosserie Alphonse Guillore until 1949. Its subtle lines created a balance between the extravagant work of Jacques Saoutchik and the more restrained designs of Henri Chapron. The early history of this car is unknown, it is believed that it was retained by a sales agent in Paris until sold to its first owner early in 1955. By the early 1960s, it was owned by designer Brooks Stevens and displayed in his museum in Mequon, Wisconsin. Later the car was sold to Richard Adatto, who restored it for the 1984 Pebble Beach Concours, where it was named First in Class. The Delahaye then completed the Monte Carlo Rallye Historique in 1985. It was sold to its current owner in 2016 and has now been freshly restored.

    2019 Gooding & Company : Amelia Island

    Pre-Auction Estimates :
    USD $500,000-USD $600,000 
    Sale Price :
    USD $475,000

    2016 RM Sothebys : Arizona

    Pre-Auction Estimates :
    USD $450,000-USD $600,000 
    Sale Price :
    USD $451,000

    1949 Delahaye Type 135M Auction Sales

    Recent Sales of the Delahaye Type 135M

    (Data based on Model Year 1949 sales)
    1949 Delahaye 135 M Cabriolet by Chapron
    Chassis#: 800940
    Sold for USD$123,200
      2023 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island
    1949 Delahaye Type 135M image  1949 Delahaye Type 135M image  
    1949 Delahaye 135M Cabriolet by Chapron
    Chassis#: 801355
    Sold for USD$240,800
      2020 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island Auction
    1949 Delahaye Type 135M image  1949 Delahaye Type 135M image  
    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 Cabriolet par Henri Chapron8009402022 Artcurial : Retromobile $200,000$300,000
    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 Vehicle Profiles

    1949 Delahaye Type 135M vehicle information
    Cabriolet
    Coachwork: Henri Chapron
    Chassis #: 800940
    Engine #: 800940
    1949 Delahaye Type 135M vehicle information
    Cabriolet
    Coachwork: Henri Chapron
    Chassis #: 801355
    Engine #: 801355
    1949 Delahaye Type 135M vehicle information
    Cabriolet Malmaison
    Coachwork: Pourtout
    1949 Delahaye Type 135M vehicle information
    Cabriolet
    Coachwork: Henri Chapron
    1949 Delahaye Type 135M vehicle information
    Cabriolet
    Coachwork: Guillore
    Chassis #: 801221
    1949 Delahaye Type 135M vehicle information
    Cabriolet Malmaison
    Coachwork: Pourtout
    Chassis #: 801199
    Engine #: 801199
    1949 Delahaye Type 135M vehicle information
    Coupe de Ville
    Coachwork: Saoutchik
    1949 Delahaye Type 135M vehicle information
    Cabriolet
    Coachwork: Saoutchik
    Chassis #: 801424