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1947 Delahaye Type 135 M Three-Position Drophead Coupé / 800954 Vehicle Information

1947 Delahaye Type 135 M photograph

1947 Delahaye Type 135 M photograph

1947 Delahaye Type 135 M photograph

1947 Delahaye Type 135 M1947 Delahaye Type 135 M1947 Delahaye Type 135 M
Sold for $474,500 at 2012 Bonhams - The Scottsdale Sale, Az.
The Delahaye Company created their first automobile in 1894. By the mid-1930s they had evolved into one of the most influential marque's of their era, creating impressive thoroughly modern designs fitted to state-of-the-art chassis and powered by a very potent power plant.

The T135 was introduced in 1935 and would improve the following year with the 3.6-liter, 120/130bhp T135MS. This sport version raced successfully in many events, including a 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5tyh place finish at the 1936 French Grand Prix. An outright victory was earned at the Monte Carlo Rally in 1937; another first place finish was had at the grueling 24-Hours of LeMans in 1938. In 1938, Prince Bira drove a T135MS to first place at the Donington 12-Hour Sports Car Race in later took a victory in Brooklands' 'Fastest road car in England' race.

Production of the 135M continued until 1951, with a brief pause during the Second World War to aide in the war effort. Delahaye were experts in creating the rolling chassis but outsourced the coachwork to independent coachbuilders. The most memorable of these artisans included Saoutchik, Chapron, Franay, Graber, Pennock and Figoni et Falaschi. Among the elite of this group are Figoni et Falaschi with their dropheads produced for their most discerning clientele. An example was even shown at the Paris, Brussels, Geneva and Londo Auto Shows.

This Figoni & Falaschi bodied Three-Position Drophead Coupé is chassis number 800954. It features the two-level bumpers and the horizontal grille found on many post-war Delahaye's. It was later fitted with a large light on the trunk and the exterior was changed with minor updates to the brightwork. The interior has round gauges - another design of the pre-War era; post-War cars were given round gauges with four square gauges.

The sister car to this example is on display at the Schlumpf Collection in France. In 2007 this 135M Three-Position Drophead Coupé was brought to the Quail Lodge Resort & Golf Club in Carmel, California where it was auctioned at the Bonhams auction, An Important Sale of Collectors' Motorcars and Automobilia. It was estimated to sell for $450,000 - $500,000 but failed to find a buyer willing to satisfy the cars reserve. The lot was left unsold.


By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2008



2012 Bonhams - The Scottsdale Sale, Az

Sale Price :
USD $474,500

2007 Bonhams, An Important Sale of Collectors' Motorcars and Automobilia

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $450,000-USD $500,000 
Lot was not sold

1947 Delahaye Type 135 M Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1947 sales)
1947 Delahaye 135M Chapron 3-Position Drophead
Chassis#: 801677
Sold for USD$49,500
  2019 Mecum : Monterey
1947 Delahaye Type 135 M image  1947 Delahaye Type 135 M image  
1947 Delahaye 135 M Cabriolet by Chapron
Chassis#: 800538
Sold for USD$434,000
  2019 RM Sothebys : Monterey
1947 Delahaye Type 135 M image  1947 Delahaye Type 135 M image  
1947 Delahaye 135M Cabriolet
Chassis#: 800657
Sold for USD$357,500
  2019 Worldwide Auctioneers : Scottsdale, Arizona
 
1947 Delahaye 135M Cabriolet
Chassis#: 801339
Sold for USD$216,000
  2017 Coys : Classic Days at Schloss Dyck
1947 Delahaye Type 135 M image  1947 Delahaye Type 135 M image  
1947 DELAHAYE 135 M CABRIOLET
Chassis#: 800788
Sold for USD$495,000
  2014 Barrett-Jackson's 43RD Annual Scottsdale Auction
1947 Delahaye Type 135 M image  
1947 Delahaye Type 135M Cabriolet
Chassis#: 800939
Sold for USD$157,207
  2012 Aalholm Automobile Collection
 
1947 Delahaye 135M Three-Position Drophead Coupé
Chassis#: 800954
Sold for USD$474,500
  2012 Bonhams - The Scottsdale Sale, Az
1947 Delahaye Type 135 M image  1947 Delahaye Type 135 M image  
1947 Delahaye 135M Coupé
Chassis#: 801097
Sold for USD$10,555
  2009 Bonhams - Beaulieu Autojumble, National Motor Museum
 
1947 Delahaye 135 M
Sold for USD$194,000
  2006 Bonhams & Butterfields at The Quail Lodge, Resort & Golf Club
1947 Delahaye Type 135 M image  1947 Delahaye Type 135 M image  
1947 DELAHAYE 135 M CABRIOLET
Sold for USD$105,600
  2001 Barrett-Jackson - Scottsdale 2001
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1947 Delahaye Type 135 M's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1947 DELAHAYE 135M CONVERTIBLE8004792021 Bonhams : Amelia Island Auction $300,000$350,000
1947 Delahaye 135M Guillore Cabriolet 2020 Mecum Auctions : Kissimmee   
1947 Delahaye Type 135M Cabriolet8009392019 Bonhams : Goodwood Revival $220,000$280,000
1947 Delahaye 135M Guillore Cabriolet8003882019 Mecum : Monterey$1,100,000$1,500,000$2,000,000
1947 Delahaye Type 135M Cabriolet8009392019 Bonhams : Goodwood Members Meeting $220,000$280,000
1947 Delahaye 135 M8005162015 Rick Cole Monterey   
1947 Delahaye 135 M 2007 Bonhams, An Important Sale of Collectors' Motorcars and Automobilia $450,000$500,000

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Delahaye Type 135 M Vehicle Profiles
Narval Roadster
Delahaye Type 135 M Narval Roadster

Coachbuilder: Figoni & Falaschi
Model Year: 1947
Profile
Convertible
Delahaye Type 135 M Convertible

Coachbuilder: Pennock
Model Year: 1947
Profile
Cabriolet
Delahaye Type 135 M Cabriolet

Coachbuilder: Henri Chapron
Chassis Num: 800479
Engine Num: 800792
Model Year: 1947
Profile and Auction History

Narval Roadster
Delahaye Type 135 M Narval Roadster

Coachbuilder: Figoni & Falaschi
Chassis Num: 800516
Model Year: 1947
Profile and Auction History
Cabriolet
Delahaye Type 135 M Cabriolet

Coachbuilder: Henri Chapron
Chassis Num: 800538
Model Year: 1947
Profile and Auction History
Coupe
Delahaye Type 135 M Coupe

Coachbuilder: Henri Chapron
Chassis Num: 800605
Model Year: 1947
Profile

Cabriolet
Delahaye Type 135 M Cabriolet

Coachbuilder: Guillore
Chassis Num: 800788
Model Year: 1947
Profile and Auction History
Three-Position Drophead Coupé
Delahaye Type 135 M Three-Position Drophead Coupé

Coachbuilder: Figoni & Falaschi
Chassis Num: 800954
Engine Num: 95200
Model Year: 1947
Profile and Auction History
Cabriolet
Delahaye Type 135 M Cabriolet

Coachbuilder: Guillore
Chassis Num: 801339
Model Year: 1947
Profile and Auction History

Cabriolet
Delahaye Type 135 M Cabriolet

Coachbuilder: Henri Chapron
Chassis Num: 801677
Model Year: 1947
Profile and Auction History
Cabriolet
Delahaye Type 135 M Cabriolet

Coachbuilder: Henri Chapron
Model Year: 1948
Profile and Auction History
Coupe
Delahaye Type 135 M Coupe

Coachbuilder: Henri Chapron
Model Year: 1948
Profile

Cabriolet
Delahaye Type 135 M Cabriolet

Coachbuilder: Pennock
Chassis Num: 800692
Model Year: 1948
Profile and Auction History
Cabriolet
Delahaye Type 135 M Cabriolet

Coachbuilder: Faget-Varnet
Chassis Num: 800745
Model Year: 1948
Profile and Auction History
Drophead Cabriolet Coupe
Delahaye Type 135 M Drophead Cabriolet Coupe

Coachbuilder: Figoni & Falaschi
Chassis Num: 800998
Model Year: 1948
Profile

Drophead Cabriolet Coupe
Delahaye Type 135 M Drophead Cabriolet Coupe

Coachbuilder: Figoni & Falaschi
Chassis Num: 801372
Model Year: 1948
Profile
Cabriolet
Delahaye Type 135 M Cabriolet

Coachbuilder: Henri Chapron
Model Year: 1949
Profile
Cabriolet Malmaison
Delahaye Type 135 M Cabriolet Malmaison

Coachbuilder: Pourtout
Model Year: 1949
Profile

Coupe de Ville
Delahaye Type 135 M Coupe de Ville

Coachbuilder: Saoutchik
Model Year: 1949
Profile
Cabriolet Malmaison
Delahaye Type 135 M Cabriolet Malmaison

Coachbuilder: Pourtout
Chassis Num: 801199
Engine Num: 801199
Model Year: 1949
Profile and Auction History
Cabriolet
Delahaye Type 135 M Cabriolet

Coachbuilder: Guillore
Chassis Num: 801221
Model Year: 1949
Profile and Auction History

Cabriolet
Delahaye Type 135 M Cabriolet

Coachbuilder: Henri Chapron
Chassis Num: 801355
Engine Num: 801355
Model Year: 1949
Profile and Auction History
Cabriolet
Delahaye Type 135 M Cabriolet

Coachbuilder: Saoutchik
Chassis Num: 801424
Model Year: 1949
Profile
Cabriolet
Delahaye Type 135 M Cabriolet

Coachbuilder: Letourner et Marchand
Chassis Num: 801348
Model Year: 1950
Profile and Auction History

Coupe
Delahaye Type 135 M Coupe

Coachbuilder: Vanvooren
Chassis Num: 801621
Engine Num: 801621
Model Year: 1950
Profile and Auction History
Atlas Cabriolet
Delahaye Type 135 M Atlas Cabriolet

Coachbuilder: Guillore
Chassis Num: 801636
Engine Num: 801636
Model Year: 1950
Profile and Auction History
Cabriolet
Delahaye Type 135 M Cabriolet

Coachbuilder: Saoutchik
Chassis Num: 801746
Model Year: 1950
Profile and Auction History

Cabriolet
Delahaye Type 135 M Cabriolet

Coachbuilder: Henri Chapron
Chassis Num: 801627
Engine Num: 801627
Model Year: 1951
Profile and Auction History
Coupe
Delahaye Type 135 M Coupe

Coachbuilder: Faget-Varnet
Model Year: 1953
Profile


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