1948 Delahaye 135 MS

The Delahaye Type 135 had impressive accomplishments both on the track and in the sales room. They won the 1938 LeMans race, securing both the fist and second position and beating the competition which, in some cases, had more speed and horsepower. The Type 135 was a refined vehicle with perhaps its biggest advantage being its chassis and suspension. It had an independent front suspension with a live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs. In comparison to other vehicles of its era, it sat very low to the ground. This afforded it impressive handling characteristics and unparalleled performance. Under the bonnet was a six-cylinder engine that displaced 3.2-liters and had between 95 through just-over 110 horsepower depending on the configuration. The bore was later increased bringing displacement to 3.6-liters and horsepower to over 150 bhp.

There were cable-operated drum brakes on all four corners, worm-and-nut steering setup, and a four-speed manual gearbox with synchromesh on third and fourth gear. The transmission would prove to be its Achilles heal and was later replaced with a Cotal unit.

There were nearly 12,000 examples of the Type 135 M and 135 MS produced between 1946 and 1952.


by Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2008

Related Reading : Delahaye Type 135 History

Emile Delahaye was born in Tours, France in 1843. He studied engineering in Angers, France. In 1869 he began work with his engineering degree in applied arts and crafts. Emile Delahaye began business in Tours, France in the middle of the 19th century for the purpose of constructing engines for the ceramic industry. The company branched out and began constructing mechanical appliances such as pumps....
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1948 Vehicle Profiles

1948 Delahaye 135 MS vehicle information

Cabriolet
Coachwork: Faget-Varnet

Chassis Num: 801077

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, lig....[continue reading]

1948 Delahaye 135 MS vehicle information

Three-Position Cabriolet
Coachwork: Pourtout

Chassis Num: 801210

Delahaye introduced their Type 135 chassis at the 1935 Paris Salon de l'Automoible. It rode on a new chassis designed by engineer Jean Francois which featured welded box section side members and pressed cross members welded to a ribbed floor pan. Und....[continue reading]

1948 Delahaye 135 MS vehicle information

Vedette Cabriolet
Coachwork: Henri Chapron

Chassis Num: 800384

This Delahaye Type 135 Cabriolet was built for the 1948 Paris Salon de l'Automobile. The MS chassis was one of the most sporting variants of the Type 135, in production from 1935 to 1954. Henri Chapron designed the sleek two-seat body, naming it 'Ved....[continue reading]

1948 Delahaye 135 MS vehicle information

Narval Cabriolet
Coachwork: Figoni & Falaschi

Chassis Num: 800580

This Figoni & Falaschi-bodied Type 135 Narval cabriolet, built on the desirable high-performance MS chassis, was first shown by Joseph Figoni himself at the Barcelona Motor Show in 1948. It was bought off the stand by Jose Lago Blanco, the owner of t....[continue reading]

Cabriolet by Faget-Varnet
Chassis #: 801077 
Three-Position Cabriolet by Pourtout
Chassis #: 801210 
Vedette Cabriolet by Henri Chapron
Chassis #: 800384 
Narval Cabriolet by Figoni & Falaschi
Chassis #: 800580 




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Performance and Specification Comparison

Model Year Production

#1#2#3Delahaye
1953Chevrolet (1,346,475)Ford (1,247,542)Plymouth (650,451)
1952Chevrolet (818,142)Ford (671,733)Plymouth (396,000)
1951Chevrolet (1,229,986)Ford (1,013,381)Plymouth (611,000)
1950Chevrolet (1,498,590)Ford (1,208,912)Plymouth (610,954)
1949Ford (1,118,308)Chevrolet (1,010,013)Plymouth (520,385)
1948Chevrolet (696,449)Ford (430,198)Plymouth (412,540)
1947Chevrolet (671,546)Ford (429,674)Plymouth (382,290)
1946Ford (468,022)Chevrolet (398,028)Plymouth (264,660)

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