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1947 Delahaye Type 135 MS Narval Cabriolet / 800495 Vehicle Information

1947 Delahaye Type 135 MS photograph

1947 Delahaye Type 135 MS photograph

1947 Delahaye Type 135 MS photograph

1947 Delahaye Type 135 MS photograph

1947 Delahaye Type 135 MS photograph

1947 Delahaye Type 135 MS photograph

1947 Delahaye Type 135 MS photograph

1947 Delahaye Type 135 MS photograph

1947 Delahaye Type 135 MS1947 Delahaye Type 135 MS1947 Delahaye Type 135 MS1947 Delahaye Type 135 MS1947 Delahaye Type 135 MS1947 Delahaye Type 135 MS1947 Delahaye Type 135 MS1947 Delahaye Type 135 MS
High bid of $2,600,000 at 2019 Mecum : Monterey. (did not sell)
This Delahaye 135MS is one of 7 Delahaye 135 Narvals built. Its Narval Cabriolet coachwork was the work of the Paris firm of Giuseppe Figoni et Ovidio Falaschi. The Narval, or 'Narwhal' was among the most flamboyant designs created by Figoni et Falaschi, built on the Delahaye 135M chassis and introduced at the 1946 Salon de Paris. It received its Narval name for its prominent front treatment, like a narwhal or perhaps a Beluga Whale, named—in French—for the Arctic sea creature it resembles. The hood, center section and trunk are reminiscent of the shape of the narhwal's body, and the protruding nose clearly references the unicorn-like tusk that distinguishes the male members of the species.

This particular example is one of seven built with the Narval design. It has a 116-inch wheelbase, independent front suspension, live rear axle setup with parallel semi-elliptic strings, cable-operated Bendix brakes, and 17-inch Rudge center-lock wire-spoke wheels with black sidewall tires. The 3.6-liter six-cylinder engine has overhead valves and three French Solex downdraft carburetors. There is a Cotal 4-speed transmission with a preselector shift mechanism at the steering column.

This example is finished in light blue and has unique, chrome, curved side accents on each side of the hood. The chrome-plated bumpers are designed with artistically curved tubular bars. There are full skirts which envelope the wheel openings, and there is a dark blue convertible top. The interior trim of 800495 is finished in blue leather with individual pleated seats accented on the floor with blue Wilton carpet. The rear-hinged doors are trimmed in medium blue leather. A dash-mounted clock was included with the instrumentation, along with two large round gauges on either side of the center, including a tachometer, and a row of small rectangular gauges to the right. It has right-hand steering with a clear, hard plastic steering wheel with distinctive finger grooves around its perimeter and three chrome-plated banjo-type spokes.

The original owner was the French singer-songwriter Charles Trenet. Since new, it has been treated to a show-quality restoration.


By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2019



2021 Mecum : Monterey

Lot was not sold

2021 Mecum : Indy 2021

Lot was not sold

2021 Mecum : Glendale

Lot was not sold

2021 Mecum : Kissimmee

Lot was not sold

2020 Mecum Auctions : Kissimmee

Lot was not sold

2019 Mecum : Chicago

Lot was not sold

2019 Mecum : Monterey

High Bid (Lot was not sold)
USD $2,600,000

1947 Delahaye Type 135 MS Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1947 sales)
1947 Delahaye 135MS Coupé Coachwork by Pinin Farina
Chassis#: 800697
Sold for USD$478,000
  2018 Bonhams : Amelia Island Auction
1947 Delahaye Type 135 MS image  1947 Delahaye Type 135 MS image  
1947 DELAHAYE 135 MS COACH CHAPRON Collection André Lecoq - no reserve
Sold for USD$230,962
  2013 Artcurial - Automobiles Sur Les Champs 5
 
1947 Delahaye 135 MS Coupe by Langenthal
Chassis#: 800490
Sold for USD$330,000
  2013 RM Auctions - Amelia Island
1947 Delahaye Type 135 MS image  1947 Delahaye Type 135 MS image  
1947 Delahaye 135 MS
Sold for USD$375,500
  2006 Bonhams & Butterfields at The Quail Lodge, Resort & Golf Club
1947 Delahaye Type 135 MS image  

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1947 Delahaye Type 135 MS's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1947 Delahaye 135MS Figoni et Falaschi Narval Cabriolet8004952021 Mecum : Monterey   
1947 Delahaye 135MS Figoni ET Falaschi Narval Cabriolet8004952021 Mecum : Indy 2021   
1947 Delahaye 135MS Figoni ET Falaschi Narval Cabriolet8004952021 Mecum : Glendale   
1947 Delahaye 135MS Figoni et Falaschi Narval Cabriolet8004952021 Mecum : Kissimmee   
1947 Delahaye 135 MS Figoni et Falaschi Narval Cabriolet8004952020 Mecum Auctions : Kissimmee   
1947 Delahaye 135 MS1947 Delahaye 135 MS Figoni et Falaschi Narval Cabriolet8004952019 Mecum : Chicago   
1947 Delahaye 135MS Figoni et Falaschi Narval Cabriolet8004952019 Mecum : Monterey$2,600,000  
1947 Delahaye 135 MS Cabriolet par Franay 2012 Artcurial Motorcars at Rétromobile   

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1947 Delahaye Type 135 MS vehicle thumbnail image  

Delahaye Type 135 MS Vehicle Profiles
Pourtout Coupe Aerodynamique
Delahaye Type 135 MS Pourtout Coupe Aerodynamique

Coachbuilder: Pourtout
Chassis Num: 800382
Model Year: 1946
Profile
Cabriolet
Delahaye Type 135 MS Cabriolet

Coachbuilder: Guillore
Model Year: 1947
Profile
Roadster
Delahaye Type 135 MS Roadster

Coachbuilder: Guillore
Model Year: 1947
Profile

Cabriolet
Delahaye Type 135 MS Cabriolet

Coachbuilder: Henri Chapron
Model Year: 1947
Profile
Letourneur & Marchand Cabriolet
Delahaye Type 135 MS Letourneur & Marchand Cabriolet

Chassis Num: 800484
Model Year: 1947
Profile and Auction History
Coupe
Delahaye Type 135 MS Coupe

Coachbuilder: Lagenthal
Chassis Num: 800490
Engine Num: 800490
Model Year: 1947
Profile and Auction History

Narval Cabriolet
Delahaye Type 135 MS Narval Cabriolet

Coachbuilder: Figoni & Falaschi
Chassis Num: 800495
Model Year: 1947
Profile and Auction History
Coupe
Delahaye Type 135 MS Coupe

Coachbuilder: Pininfarina
Chassis Num: 800697
Model Year: 1947
Profile and Auction History
Vedette Cabriolet
Delahaye Type 135 MS Vedette Cabriolet

Coachbuilder: Henri Chapron
Chassis Num: 800384
Model Year: 1948
Profile

Narval Cabriolet
Delahaye Type 135 MS Narval Cabriolet

Coachbuilder: Figoni & Falaschi
Chassis Num: 800580
Model Year: 1948
Profile
Cabriolet
Delahaye Type 135 MS Cabriolet

Coachbuilder: Faget-Varnet
Chassis Num: 801077
Model Year: 1948
Profile and Auction History
Three-Position Cabriolet
Delahaye Type 135 MS Three-Position Cabriolet

Coachbuilder: Pourtout
Chassis Num: 801210
Model Year: 1948
Profile and Auction History

Coupe
Delahaye Type 135 MS Coupe

Coachbuilder: Letourner et Marchand
Model Year: 1949
Profile
Roadster
Delahaye Type 135 MS Roadster

Chassis Num: 800518
Model Year: 1949


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