1938 Delahaye 135 M

Cabriolet Chapron

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1938
  • Mileage 
    40 000 km / 24 855 mi
  • Car type 
    Convertible / Roadster
  • Chassis number 
    60142
  • Engine number 
    60142
  • Lot number 
    124
  • Reference number 
    124
  • Drive 
    RHD
  • Condition 
    Original condition
  • Interior colour 
    Beige
  • Interior type 
    Leather
  • Number of doors 
    2
  • Number of seats 
    4
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Black
  • Gearbox 
    Manual
  • Drivetrain 
    2wd
  • Fuel type 
    Petrol

Description

Chassis # 60142
Bodywork # 6015
Same owner for 48 years!
Incredible original state
French title

The car offered for sale is chassis No. 60142, dressed with the Chapron bodywork # 6015.
This beautiful 135M convertible is powered by its original 3.5litres engine # 60142, 20cv version powered by 3 carburettors. The gearbox is manual and original. The numbers match and prove the authenticity of this car. This Delahaye of 1938 had only four owners in 80 years of existence and it remained in an exceptional state of origin.
Its 1st owner registered it in April 1939 in the department of Seine under the number 4726 RM4.
One can imagine that it was sheltered during the war and it will be sold in December 1954 to its second owner, Mr Henri LAURANT, 103 quai Branly in PARIS 15th. It received its new registration 4173 DL 75. The 3rd owner is Louise BENTIN (1903-1998), famous painter, who acquires the Delahaye on November 12, 1964, who kept the same registration because she lived a house in Suresnes in the department of the Seine. While browsing the Gazette de Drouot, it is common to find his works for sale.

Seven years later, in 1971, the Delahaye finished into the hands of the current and last owner who also lives in Paris and who for 48 years will have at heart to maintain and preserve, while retaining his soul and its beautiful state of origin as running in historical rallies. Today, the car has a unique patina. Its 1938 painting was preserved and still presents pleasant reflections while displaying the characteristic cracks of a cellulosic painting. Above all, it is in good working order. Its engine runs very well and emits the characteristic sound of the six-cylinder Delahaye, the brakes are operational, the handling is good and the gearbox does not show signs of particular fatigue.

Impossible to find in this state and finish, this Delahaye 135M Cabriolet by Chapron is a rare opportunity to purchase a car that has gone through the Second World War and years without ever having been repainted. It's an incredible car that can be featured in the "state of origin" category of the best elegance contests in the world.