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1936 Delahaye Type 135 Court Competition Teardrop Coupe / 47242 Vehicle Information

1936 Delahaye Type 135 photograph

1936 Delahaye Type 135 photograph

1936 Delahaye Type 1351936 Delahaye Type 135
Sold for $2,420,000 at 2013 RM Auction - Art of the Automobile.
High bid of $4,000,000 at 2021 Mecum : Monterey. (did not sell)
This Delahaye Type 135 wears coachwork by Figoni et Falaschi in 'Compétition Court' Teardrop Coupe configuration and is the last of six specially commissioned coupes completed by Figoni in 1936. Upon completion, it was delivered to the Delahaye factory, suggesting it was exhibited in concours d'elegance or retained as a factory demonstrator.

This car, with body number 609, has a distinctive bonnet flanked by Marchal headlights faired into the inner front wings, a signature feature of future Figoni designs. Much of the body is formed from steel but the bonnet, boot, fenders, doors and bumpers are aluminum. The streamlined teardrop fender shapes are emphasized by accents flowing back from the bonnet's leading edge, down across the doors and then scribing the rear fender arches. Thin chrome strips accent the fender peaks and their contours are mimicked in small chrome accents resting on the rear fender skirts. In the back is a central tail fin contoured to match those on the rear fenders divides the split rear window.

An estimated 30 examples of the Compétition Court were built, and considered a homologation special not listed in the company literature and offered through private arrangement only to 'special friends' of the company in bare-chassis form to be fitted with a lightweight custom coupe or roadster coachwork by the customer's carrossier of choice. It used the shorter 106-inch wheelbase chassis equipped with the powerful and reliable 3.5-liter competition-spec inline-6 engine installed low in the chassis to lower the center of gravity. It used a remote oil cooler mounted below the radiator, outside-mounted rear springs, a competition fuel tank with dual fillers and a rare competition-spec 4-speed manual transmission.

During World War II, this Delahaye was hidden away for safekeeping. It resurfaced in the early 1950s in the care of Jean-Pierre Bernard, then sales manager for Delahaye and eventual founder and president of Club Delahaye. It was later owned by several French individuals before being acquired by an Italian buyer around the end of the 1950s. Approximately four decades passed before it re-emerged in the late 1990s, this time with a garage owner in Brescia who sold it to its next owner in Geneva, Switzerland. At the time, the vehicle remained in remarkably complete condition, and although the opening for the sunroof had been closed, the operating mechanism remained intact.

The car was then imported into the United States, where it was restored for concours d'elegance judging. To this end, the car's engine - which was a newer engine fitted in the postwar era - was replaced by a Competition-spec 3.5-liter unit with triple Solex carburetors and correct date-code stamping.

The car's restoration was rewarded with a First in Class upon its public unveiling at the 2001 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. It was awarded Best of Show awards at the Celebration of Automobiles at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Concours d'Elegance of Texas in 2003. In 2014, it was Best of Show and People's Choice at the 2014 Cobble Beach Concours d'Elegance in Kemble, Ontario. In 2015, it received an invitation to the 'Art in Automobiles' exhibit at the Canadian International Auto show in Toronto.


By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2021



2022 Mecum : Kissimmee

Lot was not sold

2021 Mecum : Monterey

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $5,000,000-USD $6,000,000 
High Bid (Lot was not sold)
USD $4,000,000

2013 RM Auction - Art of the Automobile

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $3,000,000-USD $4,000,000 
Sale Price :
USD $2,420,000

1936 Delahaye Type 135 Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1936 sales)
1936 Delahaye 135 Spécial roadster biplace
Chassis#: 46625
Sold for USD$1,004,980
  2020 Artcurial : Retromobile
 
1936 Delahaye Type 135 Speciale Evocation
Chassis#: 46328
Sold for USD$179,443
  2018 H & H Auction - Imperial War Museum, Duxford
 
1936 Delahaye 135 Coupe des Alpes Cabriolet Mylord Chapron
Chassis#: 46673
Sold for USD$459,963
  2018 Artcurial : Retromobile
 
1936 Delahaye Type 135 Competition Court Teardrop Coupé by Carrosserie Figoni et Falaschi
Chassis#: 47242
Sold for USD$2,420,000
  2013 RM Auction - Art of the Automobile
1936 Delahaye Type 135 image  1936 Delahaye Type 135 image  
1936 Delahaye Type 135 Special
Chassis#: 47189
Sold for USD$1,320,000
  2007 Vintage Motor Cars in Arizona
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1936 Delahaye Type 135's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1936 Delahaye Type 135 Competition Court Teardrop Coupe472422022 Mecum : Kissimmee   
1936 Delahaye Type 135 Competition Court Teardrop Coupe472422021 Mecum : Monterey$4,000,000$5,000,000$6,000,000
1936 Delahaye 135 Competition Long Wheelbase Disappearing Top Convertible468642019 Worldwide Auctioneers : Riyadh Auction$7,000,000  
1936 Delahaye 135 châssis court compétition cabriolet Figoni Falaschi468372017 Artcurial : Retromobile $1,200,000$1,800,000
1936 Delahaye Type 135M 20CV Competition Coupe460692013 Bonhams The Spa Classic Sale $90,000$110,000
1936 Delahaye Type 135 Competition Court Roadster463282011 H & H Pavilion Gardens June 8, 2011   
1936 Delahaye 135 3,6 litre Sport Carrosserie style Le Mans472122010 Bonhams Automobiles d'Exception á Rétromobile $120,000$180,000
1936 Delahaye Type 135 Sport468092009 Worldwide Auctioneers : The Houston Classic Auction$1,900,000  

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Delahaye Type 135 Vehicle Profiles
Competition Cabriolet
Delahaye Type 135 Competition Cabriolet

Chassis Num: 135M46060
Model Year: 1935
Profile and Auction History
Coupe
Delahaye Type 135 Coupe

Model Year: 1936
Profile
Coupe
Delahaye Type 135 Coupe

Model Year: 1936
Profile

Court Competition Teardrop Coupe
Delahaye Type 135 Court Competition Teardrop Coupe

Coachbuilder: Figoni & Falaschi
Chassis Num: 46809
Model Year: 1936
Profile and Auction History
Disappearing Top Convertible
Delahaye Type 135 Disappearing Top Convertible

Chassis Num: 46864
Engine Num: 46864
Model Year: 1936
Profile and Auction History
Court Competition Teardrop Coupe
Delahaye Type 135 Court Competition Teardrop Coupe

Coachbuilder: Figoni & Falaschi
Chassis Num: 47242
Model Year: 1936
Profile and Auction History

Cabriolet
Delahaye Type 135 Cabriolet

Coachbuilder: Guillore
Chassis Num: 47380
Model Year: 1936
Profile
Torpedo Cabriolet
Delahaye Type 135 Torpedo Cabriolet

Model Year: 1937
Profile
Torpedo Cabriolet
Delahaye Type 135 Torpedo Cabriolet

Model Year: 1937
Profile

Torpedo Cabriolet
Delahaye Type 135 Torpedo Cabriolet

Model Year: 1937
Profile
Cabriolet
Delahaye Type 135 Cabriolet

Coachbuilder: Figoni & Falaschi
Model Year: 1937
Profile
Competition Roadster
Delahaye Type 135 Competition Roadster

Chassis Num: 47471
Engine Num: 47471
Model Year: 1937
Profile and Auction History

Competition Roadster
Delahaye Type 135 Competition Roadster

Coachbuilder: Figoni & Falaschi
Chassis Num: 47532
Model Year: 1937
Profile and Auction History
Cabriolet
Delahaye Type 135 Cabriolet

Coachbuilder: Henri Chapron
Chassis Num: 47533
Model Year: 1937
Profile
Cabriolet
Delahaye Type 135 Cabriolet

Coachbuilder: Henri Chapron
Chassis Num: 47538
Engine Num: 234851
Model Year: 1937
Profile

Coupe des Alpes
Delahaye Type 135 Coupe des Alpes

Coachbuilder: Henri Chapron
Chassis Num: 47545
Model Year: 1937
Profile
Coupe
Delahaye Type 135 Coupe

Coachbuilder: Dubos
Chassis Num: 47633
Model Year: 1937
Profile and Auction History
Torpedo Cabriolet
Delahaye Type 135 Torpedo Cabriolet

Chassis Num: 48666
Model Year: 1937
Profile

Roadster
Delahaye Type 135 Roadster

Coachbuilder: Figoni & Falaschi
Model Year: 1939
Profile
Cabriolet
Delahaye Type 135 Cabriolet

Coachbuilder: Gebruder Tuscher
Model Year: 1939
Profile
Roadster
Delahaye Type 135 Roadster

Coachbuilder: Figoni & Falaschi
Chassis Num: 48667
Engine Num: 48667
Model Year: 1939
Profile and Auction History

Convertible Coupe
Delahaye Type 135 Convertible Coupe

Coachbuilder: Henri Chapron
Chassis Num: 48700
Engine Num: 48700
Model Year: 1939
Profile and Auction History
Convertible Coupe
Delahaye Type 135 Convertible Coupe

Coachbuilder: Henri Chapron
Chassis Num: 60136
Model Year: 1939
Profile


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