1952 Delahaye 235

235 coach Chapron

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1952
  • Car type 
    Other
  • Chassis number 
    818018
  • Lot number 
    48
  • Drive 
    LHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Interior colour 
    Other
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Other
  • Fuel type 
    Other

Description

Unregistered

- A very rare luxury version
- Upholstery fairly well preserved
- A beautiful restoration project
- No reserve
- One of the 8 of the Grand Luxes ever produced

As can be seen by an invoice from June 30, 1964 the garage Le Marois in Paris (the dealer for Austin, who also sold Delahaye and Delage parts), this car was purchased for the sum of 400 French Francs, as it was going to be scrapped. Roger Baillon therefore managed to save this car, like so many others, and thanks to this invoice for registration number 6943 BF 75 is on this car. With the help of Jean-Paul Tissot, the president of the Club Delahaye, we have found the chassis number, 818018, despite the absence of the nameplate. This is a very rare version of the Chapron "grand luxe", which has the design characteristics of bulging fenders and according to Jean-Paul Tissot, just eight were made, out of a total of 41 sedans made by Chapron on the Delahaye 235 base.
As if to underline this high level of luxury, this car has a sunroof and had some special finishing touches. In the boot are various parts of the bumper, the front blade and the air filter, and the dashboard has its main instruments. On the left of the steering wheel one can see the little knob of the Cotal gearbox levers. The upholstery is relatively well preserved, with a beautiful patina. This model is of great rarity and is a very beautiful restoration project.