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1948 Delahaye 135 M Drophead Cabriolet Coupe / 801372 Vehicle Information

1948 Delahaye 135 M photograph

1948 Delahaye 135 M photograph

1948 Delahaye 135 M photograph

1948 Delahaye 135 M photograph

1948 Delahaye 135 M photograph

1948 Delahaye 135 M photograph

1948 Delahaye 135 M photograph

1948 Delahaye 135 M photograph

1948 Delahaye 135 M photograph

1948 Delahaye 135 M photograph

1948 Delahaye 135 M photograph

1948 Delahaye 135 M photograph

1948 Delahaye 135 M photograph

1948 Delahaye 135 M photograph

1948 Delahaye 135 M photograph

1948 Delahaye 135 M photograph

1948 Delahaye 135 M photograph

1948 Delahaye 135 M photograph

1948 Delahaye 135 M1948 Delahaye 135 M1948 Delahaye 135 M1948 Delahaye 135 M1948 Delahaye 135 M1948 Delahaye 135 M1948 Delahaye 135 M1948 Delahaye 135 M1948 Delahaye 135 M1948 Delahaye 135 M1948 Delahaye 135 M1948 Delahaye 135 M1948 Delahaye 135 M1948 Delahaye 135 M1948 Delahaye 135 M1948 Delahaye 135 M1948 Delahaye 135 M1948 Delahaye 135 M
Delahaye has a history that goes back as far as 1845 and started out producing machinery for brick manufacturing and later stationary engines for industrial purposes that led to automobile production in 1894. Most of the cars produced were nondescript, but dependable. In 1935, Delahaye purchased Delage, a company known for turning out sports and Grand Prix cars, and that changed the direction of Delahaye. The Type 135 debuted in 1935 with in-line, six-cylinder, 3.2-liter engine equipped with triple Solex carburetors producing 113 horsepower. By 1945, the Delahaye was sold mostly in chassis-only form and many beautiful bodies were created by carrosserie including Chapron, Guillore, Saoutchik and one of those leaders of French design, Joseph Figoni.

The Type 135 was first presented at the 1934 Paris Salon. Compared to its predecessors, it offered a slightly lower chassis which both lowered its center of gravity and lengthened its lines. The low-slung chassis was particularly desirable for coachbuilders. Shortly following the introduction of the 135, Delahaye merged with French manufacturer Delage, thus inheriting many of the marque's wealthy clients who demanded both performance and elegance in an automobile. The introduction of the new 135 could not have come at a better time. Delahaye set about enhancing its performance image with the new model beginning in 1936 with the 135 Competition. It set the all-time lap record in the Ulster TT; one year later placing third at LeMans, winning the 12-hour race at Donington Park, and placing third in the Mille Miglia.

This Drophead Coupe by Figoni was one of only 18 of these Mylord cabriolets produced and one of only nine known to exist today. Although each carried the same basic silhouette, all had different treatments of the nose, tail, and lighting positions. This particular example, chassis 801372, is one of the remaining El Glaoui cars, carrying body number 1061. It was delivered to Mr. Venot in a radiant Garnet Red color. It passed through several owners until purchased by the current owner in June 2000 and had a nut-and-bolt restoration to return it to the original Garnet Red color.

This car is one of nine known to exist today of the eighteen produced. One example was featured in the Alfred Hitchcock film To Catch a Thief starring Carry Grant and Grace Kelly.

This Delahaye 135M was an award winner at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in 2006 and was the poster car for USB Motor Cars Under the Stars in 2007.



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1948 Delahaye 135 M Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1948 sales)
1948 Delahaye 135 M Coupé by Antem
Chassis#: 800990
Sold for USD$149,652
  2021 RM Sothebys : The Guikas Collection
 
1948 Delahaye 135 M Cabriolet 'Malmaison' by Pourtout
Chassis#: 800997
Sold for USD$156,159
  2021 RM Sothebys : The Guikas Collection
 
1948 Delahaye 135 M Sport Coupé by Hebmüller
Chassis#: 800870
Sold for USD$320,750
  2019 RM Sothebys : Villa Erba
 
1948 Delahaye 135 M Cabriolet par Letourneur et Marchand
Chassis#: 801182
Sold for USD$170,904
  2019 Artcurial : Retroobile
 
1948 Delahaye 135 Drophead Coupé
Chassis#: 800843
Sold for USD$212,020
  2018 Bonhams : Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais
 
1948 Delahaye 135M Cabriolet
Chassis#: 800585
Sold for USD$214,432
  2017 Bonhams : The Padua Auction
 
1948 Delahaye 135 M cabriolet Faget-Varnet
Chassis#: 800745
Sold for USD$488,793
  2015 Rétromobile by Artcurial Motorcars
1948 Delahaye 135 M image  1948 Delahaye 135 M image  
1948 DELAHAYE 135 M CABRIOLET ANTEM
Sold for USD$406,176
  2013 Artcurial - Automobiles Sur Les Champs 5
 
1948 Delahaye 135 M Cabriolet Malmaison
Sold for USD$435,997
  2012 Artcurial Motorcars at Rétromobile
 
1948 Delahaye 135M Cabriolet by Pennock
Chassis#: 800692
Sold for USD$220,000
  2010 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Amelia Island
1948 Delahaye 135 M image  1948 Delahaye 135 M image  
1948 Delahaye 135M Cabriolet by Pennock
Sold for USD$220,000
  2010 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Amelia Island
1948 Delahaye 135 M image  1948 Delahaye 135 M image  
1948 Delahaye 135M Cabriolet
Sold for USD$230,000
  2007 Bonhams, An Important Sale of Collectors' Motorcars and Automobilia
 
1948 Delahaye 135 M Drophead Coupe by Viotti of Turin
Sold for USD$204,396
  2006 Coys Auction - Legende et Passion
 
1948 DELAHAYE 135 M CABRIOLET
Sold for USD$99,000
  2001 Barrett-Jackson - Petersen Museum 2001
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1948 Delahaye 135 M's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1948 Delahaye 135 M Coach Aérosport Letourneur & Marchand8007002020 Artcurial : Retromobile $150,000$200,000
1948 Delahaye Type 135M Three-Position Drophead Coupé8008432019 Bonhams : The Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale $240,000$280,000
1948 Delahaye Chaprons Dandy Grand Luxe 2018 Russo & Steele : Scottsdale   
1948 Delahaye 135M Cabriolet8009802011 Bonhams Automobilia, Motos de collection et Automobiles d'exception au Grand Palais  $225,000
1948 Delahaye 135M Cabriolet8006922004 Gooding & Company Pebble Beach Auction $250,000$325,000
1948 Delahaye 135M Cabriolet8014452003 Bonhams Sports, Competition & Collectors' Motor Cars $50,000$60,000

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

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

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

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

Narval Roadster
Delahaye 135 M Narval Roadster

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

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

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

Cabriolet
Delahaye 135 M Cabriolet

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

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

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

Cabriolet
Delahaye 135 M Cabriolet

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

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

Coachbuilder: Henri Chapron
Model Year: 1948
Profile

Cabriolet
Delahaye 135 M Cabriolet

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

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

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

Drophead Cabriolet Coupe
Delahaye 135 M Drophead Cabriolet Coupe

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

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

Coachbuilder: Pourtout
Model Year: 1949
Profile

Coupe de Ville
Delahaye 135 M Coupe de Ville

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

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

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

Cabriolet
Delahaye 135 M Cabriolet

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

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

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

Coupe
Delahaye 135 M Coupe

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

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

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

Cabriolet
Delahaye 135 M Cabriolet

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

Coachbuilder: Faget-Varnet
Model Year: 1953
Profile


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