Lot 2084

Fort Lauderdale 2022

1947 Delahaye 135 M Cabriolet by Chapron

The Rey Collection


$210,000 USD | Sold

United States | Fort Lauderdale, Florida



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  • Offered from The Rey Collection
  • An elegant and athletic coachbuilt French tourer
  • Presently fitted with a replacement 3.6-liter single-carbureted inline-six; four-speed Cotal preselector gearbox
  • Dramatically finished in black over a cognac interior with brown cabriolet top
  • Sports a patinated older restoration; fitted with appealing disc wheel covers

Delahaye launched the ground-breaking 135 model in 1935, which was met with instant success and remained in production (save for the war years) for an astounding 20 years. It reigned supreme at concours d’elegance in Paris, Biarritz and Monaco, fitted with luxurious, racy and stunning coachwork by Figoni et Falaschi, Saoutchik, Franay, Guilloré, and Henri Chapron, and was also noted for its success in competition.

The days of the grand French coachbuilding tradition—of craftsmen building custom bodies on athletic Delahaye chassis for wealthy clients—were clearly nearing their end following the conclusion of World War II. But as this lovely 1947 Delahaye 135 M Cabriolet demonstrates, they were not quite over yet!

Wearing a Henri Chapron body bearing tag number 6569, little is known about this 135 M’s earliest history. At the turn of the millennium, it is understood to have been exported from Europe to the United States; its original triple-carbureted inline-six was replaced with its current single-carbureted engine, apparently prior to export. This formidable 3.6-liter powerplant is mated to a four-speed Cotal preselector gearbox, a feature that was at the cutting edge of luxurious performance for its era.

The 135 M wears an older, patinated restoration in black over a delightful cognac-colored leather interior complete with a rich wood dashboard and trim. This is matched with the brown convertible top; cabriolet irons add an elegant, formal touch to the exterior.

It is believed that, under previous ownership, this car’s coachwork was somewhat modified; this included a reworking of the trunk lid, which now incorporates a recessed holder for the full-size spare on its exterior. This alteration lends the car a suitably sporting air while improving trunk space, a feature sure to be appreciated on weekend driving tours. Further additions included polished trim on the fenders and rocker panels. Full-size disc polished wheel covers (including one on the rear-mounted spare) complete this Delahaye’s sleek appearance.

Offered from the Rey Collection, this 1947 135 M Cabriolet affords its next owner the opportunity to enjoy the exclusivity of post-war coachbuilt French luxury, along with the thrilling dynamics for which this Delahaye chassis is rightly known.