Lot 349

Monterey 2019

1947 Delahaye 135 M Cabriolet by Chapron


$434,000 USD | Sold

United States | Monterey, California



Chassis No.
  • Recent cosmetic restoration
  • Triple-carburetor M specification
  • Desirable Cotal preselect gearbox
  • Classic Car Club of America (CCCA) Full Classic

In 1935 Delahaye introduced the 135 in an attempt to offer a sportier model within their lineup. While the car was designed by Jean Fran├žois, the most recognized coachbuilders of the era lent their talents to designing the bodies. This included Henri Chapron, Figoni et Falaschi, Franay, Marcel Pourtout, and Saoutchik, among many others. Powered by a 3.2-liter straight six-cylinder engine, it was backed by either a four-speed manual or Cotal preselector transmission. In 1936 Delahaye debuted the 135 M, which featured a 3.6-liter engine offered in a one-, two-, or three-carburetor configuration. With its sleek design and powerful engine, competition variants were quite successful in period, beginning in 1937 with a 2nd and 3rd place finish at the 1937 24 Hours of Le Mans, followed by a 1-2 finish at the 1938 24 Hours of Le Mans. Delahaye produced the 135 until the company ceased in 1954.

This 1947 Delahaye 135 M is a fine example and features stunning coachwork by Chapron. It wears an older, high-quality restoration that has recently been refreshed. The 135 M is finished in an attractive shade of metallic sage green with a three-position drophead convertible top upholstered in dark green, a beautiful combination. Sitting low on the chassis and with exquisite proportions, the Chapron coachwork is a marvelous display of French style, with its full-figured fenders and separate, bullet-style Marchal headlamps, art-deco-inspired bonnet vents, and Marchal fog lamps. Beautiful chrome wire wheels are shod with period-correct Dunlop Fort blackwall tires.

Inside, beautiful dark green leather and rich woodwork define the opulent interior. The fresh and taut upholstery is recent, and the rich green color imparts an inviting character. The wood is in fine condition, with the unique trim extending all the way around the door panels. Other interior trim and fittings are in excellent order, and the dash features a full array of original instrumentation and switch gear.

Sporting pedigree dominates the engine compartment in the form of the 3.6-liter inline-six with the desirable M-specification triple-carburetor configuration. The engine is highly detailed and in beautiful condition. The consignor states it runs well and delivers very good performance and a delightful, sonorous exhaust note. This car features the desirable Cotal preselect gearbox, which was the choice for sporting drivers of the time.

Renowned for its outstanding road manners, the Delahaye 135 has been a popular entrant in classic tours and rallies since its debut. With its gorgeous Chapron coachwork and performance pedigree, this 135 M cabriolet is sure to impress.