1949 Delahaye 148L

GFA 148 L Limousine par Guilloré


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- Witness of a period of transition
- Coachbuilder's car
- Six-cylinder engine derived from that of the 135
- No reserve

This Delahaye 148 L (for "Léger" (light), the wheelbase being shorter than that of the standard 148), has a limousine body that was built in the Guilloré workshops, in Courbevoie. It has a separate driver's compartment, that was available as an option. It is likely that the red leatherette upholstery with black piping has been re-done. The painted metal dashboard appears to be complete and the clock is in the glove box. Following a collision, the front left door was damaged and put away in the boot. This car has a Cotal gearbox, with the small "moutardier" control on the steering wheel. An old registration number appears on the body : 67 BB 32, but the car is to be sold unregistered.
Reflecting the swan song of French luxury automobile design, this imposing car is a valuable witness to a period of change. It is equipped with the six-cylinder engine derived from that of the 135, which enjoyed great success in the Le Mans 24 Hours and the Monte-Carlo Rally. Constructed by a renowned coachbuilder, this chauffeur-driven car still presents a luxurious finish, and its vast passenger compartment offers a generous amount of legroom for its occupants. It merits serious attention from an enthusiastic collector.