1953 Delahaye 235

Coach Letourneur et Marchand

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1953
  • Car type 
    Coupé
  • Lot number 
    20
  • Drive 
    RHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Black
  • Drivetrain 
    2wd
  • Fuel type 
    Petrol

Description

French title
Chassis no. 818037

- Only 4 built
- 235 engine with high performance
- Original condition
- No reserve

Presented at the Paris Motor Show in 1951, the 235 would be the final car built by Delahaye. Although prototype no. 818000 was produced by Motto in Turin, it was Letourneur & Marchand who presented the first 'coach' version (818001) on its stand at the Paris Motor Show in 1951, where it received the Grand Prix. Production of the 235 remained modest until the factory's closure in 1954, and of the 84/85 cars sold, Letourneur & Marchand delivered only four 'coach' models and a single cabriolet, all five cars surviving to this day.
Car no. 818037 presented here is the last of the four 'coach' models and the only one with a sunroof. It was registered new on 20 May 1953 in the Seine department as 2517 BZ 75, in the name of Company Roullier in Aubervilliers. It has the Letourneur & Marchand body number 3079. Unlike the three earlier 'coach' models, it had different tail-lights, which were also fitted to the cabriolet presented at the Paris Motor Show in 1952. On 24 November 1952, still with the same registration number, the car changed hands and entered the Marois garage, a specialist in secondhand Delahayes, in Paris. From there, it was sold on 19 April 1960 to a Parisian member of the Delahaye club, who kept the car for several years. It was only much later, in 2009, that its current owner acquired it.
The car is presented in original condition, a rare example of one of the most attractive and exclusive 235 coach models built.

Jean-Paul TISSOT

We had the pleasure of covering a few miles behind the wheel of this exceptional car and were amazed how well it drove; the Cotal gearbox proved very pleasant to use, despite the clutch needing, at the least, some adjustment. This car, which appears in the movie "Zazie dans le métro" in 1960, is strictly in original condition, deserves a restoration which would show off its original styling and powerful engine.

For more information and photos: https://www.artcurial.com/fr/lot-1953-delahaye-235-coach-letourneur-et-marchand-no-reserve-3980-20