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1948 Delahaye 135 MS

Chassis number : 801077

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Sold for $550,000 at 2019 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach.
Delahayes were quick, responsive, and very attractive automobiles. In 1894, Emile Delahaye began building rear-engined, belt-driven cars. By 1935, he introduced the Type 135 at the Paris Salon. The car featured an independent front suspension, light steering, and a smooth Cotal electromagnetic gearbox. By 1938, the new top-of-the-line model was introduced at the Paris salon, the MS (Modifiee Speciale). The engine was an updated version of the 3.5-liter six-cylinder unit. The powerplant had a larger cylinder head and bigger valves which improved breathing and horsepower. The result was 130 horsepower and a top speed of 110 mph.

The 1930s saw Delahaye emerge from being a manufacturer of reliable, medium capacity motor cars into the realm of the Grand Routier class, so beloved by French high society. In 1935 the Coupe des Alpes 135 model was introduced, having been named after the marque's success in that rally, and it remained in production for some fifteen years. This 135MS carries bodywork by Faget-Varnet, a small postwar French coachbuilder. Technically this vehicle is extremely advanced because Faget-Varnet pioneered monocoque construction. While not as widely recognized as many other French coachbuilders, Faget-Varnet won numerous Concours d'Elegance awards in the postwar period and this very rare survivor was itself a multiple award winner in period.

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2019 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $550,000-USD $700,000 
Sale Price :
USD $550,000

Recent Sales of the Delahaye 135 MS

(Data based on Model Year 1948 sales)
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 Profiles

1948 Delahaye 135 MS vehicle information
Cabriolet
Coachwork: Faget-Varnet
Chassis #: 801077
1948 Delahaye 135 MS vehicle information
Three-Position Cabriolet
Coachwork: Pourtout
Chassis #: 801210
1948 Delahaye 135 MS vehicle information
Vedette Cabriolet
Coachwork: Henri Chapron
Chassis #: 800384
1948 Delahaye 135 MS vehicle information
Narval Cabriolet
Coachwork: Figoni & Falaschi
Chassis #: 800580