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1948 Delahaye 135 MS Vedette Cabriolet

  • Coachwork by Henri Chapron
  • Chassis Number: 800727
  • Engine Number: 800727
Production of the Delahaye Type 135 lasted nearly a decade, from its unveiling at the Paris Salon de l'Automobile in 1934 and continuing through the company's acquisition by Hotchkiss in 1954 (albeit civilian automobile production was halted during World War II). It was the company's most successful car, with approximately 2,600 examples built. This particular example is a Type 135 MS, one of 1,155 examples of this variant built. Its 3,557cc overhead valve inline six-cylinder engine breathes through a trio of Solex 40PAI Downdraft carburetors and produces 130 horsepower at 4,000 RPM. It has a four-speed Cotal pre-selector gearbox and four-wheel cable-operated drum brakes. The thoroughly modern chassis has an independent front suspension with a well-located live rear axle.

This Delahaye Type 135 MS Cabriolet with 'Vedette' coachwork by Henri Chapron was ordered in April 1948 by Zurich, Delahaye and Delage dealer Henri Gugolz. Delivery was delayed until 1949, after which it was displayed on the European concours circuit and later acquired by Swiss collector Walter Grell in 1976. The Mullin Collection purchased the Delahaye in 2000.

By Daniel Vaughan | May 2024

2024 Gooding : Amelia Island

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $200,000-USD $300,000 
Sale Price :
USD $390,000

Recent Sales of the Delahaye 135 MS

(Data based on Model Year 1948 sales)
1948 DELAHAYE TYPE 135 MS CABRIOLET Coachwork by Chapron
Chassis#: 800727
Sold for USD$390,000
  2024 Gooding : Amelia Island
1948 Delahaye 135 MS image  1948 Delahaye 135 MS image  
1948 Delahaye 135MS Cabriolet
Chassis#: 801077
Sold for USD$550,000
  2019 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach
1948 Delahaye 135 MS image  1948 Delahaye 135 MS image  

Delahaye 135 MSs That Failed To Sell At Auction

1948 Delahaye 135 MS's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1948 Delahaye 135 MS Three-Position Cabriolet8012102014 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach Concours $650,000$850,000

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1948 Delahaye 135 MS

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