1936 Delahaye 135 M

Coupé Labourdette


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Chassis # 46081
Superb aerodynamic bodywork by Labourdette
French title

Mr. Labourdette once again achieves an aerodynamic feat with this model. With the increase in speed, the idea of profiling was developing and the aerodynamic term becomes unavoidable. At the 1935 Paris Motor Show, the new 9 cm lowered chassis is displayed with 2 mechanical versions: the 95 hp Sport and the Coupe des Alpes with 110 hp. The perfect proportions of this chassis will allow the best coachbuilders to express their talents. Thus Henri Labourdette will express his own by dressing this chassis Coupe des Alpes. This Labourdette sedan is illustrated in the catalog of the 1935 range. Jean Paul Tissot, President of Club Delahaye tells us: "This is a 135 Coupe des Alpes, factory outlet in 1935 with this number of chassis # 46081 also found on the engine. It is perhaps even this car, then painted light in the picture in La Vie Automobile of April 25, 1936 to illustrate the test carried out by Charles Faroux, who would have timed the car at 148.7 km / h in Montlhéry " . This car disappeared until 1980 when it was bought in wreckage from the heirs of the Sirot family by the former pilot Pierre Flahaut then Jaguar saler in Paris. It was then completely restored at Terrier for bodywork and at Beauzon for mechanics. Painted in 2 shades of red / burgundy, it is then on display at Rétromobile on the Delahaye club stand and joins the Jean Gorjat collection in England. The car then joined a French collection. In a superb state of restoration, this Delahaye is in good working condition, both in terms of its engine, as its mechanical gearbox.

We are therefore in the presence of a pre-war Delahaye 135 with a unique dress!
This silhouette still appears surprisingly modern today, signed by one of the most prestigious and famous French coachbuilders.