1936 Delahaye 135 MS

135 Sport Coach Chapron

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1936
  • Car type 
    Coupé
  • Lot number 
    17
  • Drive 
    RHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Red
  • Drivetrain 
    2wd
  • Fuel type 
    Petrol

Description

French title
Chassis no. 47391
Engine no. 49181

- Superbly preserved condition
- Bodywork by Chapron
- Usable model with strong performance
- No reserve

This car, chassis no. 47391, is the second version of the 'coach' presented by Henri Chapron and available in its catalogue during the course of 1936. It was registered new in December 1936 in the Seine department as 9074 RK 7; it remained in the department and kept the same number when it changed hands on 10 January 1939. On 13 March 1951, it moved to the Indre, where it was registered as 102 J 36. Then, in April 1955, it was registered in the Seine-et-Oise and is believed to have remained with the same family - moving to the Gard in 1979 - until 2004, when our collector bought it at auction.
Originally, chassis number 47391 corresponded to a 135 Sport model fitted with the 18 HP 3.2-litre engine (with 1 or 3 carburettors), mated to a manual gearbox, and its original Chapron body had the number 5305. As was often the case for cars at the time, it underwent a number of modifications, probably during 1938: in particular, its engine was swapped for a 3.5-litre 20 HP unit, number 49181, which is correct for the year. This modification was noted on the registration certificate. At the same time, the radiator grille was replaced and updated, with a convex version replacing the concave grille from 1936. This change was perfectly matched by the replacement of the original headlamps with flat lenses by lamps with curved lenses.
It is truly rare to find today a 135 Chapron coach from this period, in near-original condition, and such a quick and elegant car is worthy of close attention.

Jean-Paul Tissot

Having undergone an older restoration, this car's patina and state of preservation will not leave you unmoved. The red leather interior is original and in exceptional condition but could do with some repairs. In 2012, the cylinder head was rebuilt, and the valves and guides replaced, the brakes were overhauled, and the tyres replaced. A general service should now be carried out. This superb Delahaye, which we had the pleasure of driving, epitomises a design which combines sport and luxury à la française.

For more information and photos: https://www.artcurial.com/fr/lot-1936-delahaye-135-sport-coach-chapron-no-reserve-3980-17