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Lot 309: Delahaye 135M Cabriolet

Retromobile, Christies (16 February 2007)

The example offered here is the desirable 135M equipped with 3 carburettors. It was discovered in a state of sad neglect by the previous owner, who embarked upon a painstaking restoration that appears (judging by the bills that accompany the car) to have been started in the summer of 1985, and not finished until around 1992. It included the replacement of all the rotten parts of the frame as well as such items as the front wings and bonnet, which were either beyond repair or missing. The engine was completely overhauled, and the interior upholstery and hood replaced. The work is catalogued in a large selection of photographs chronicling various stages.The Carte Grise notes that, having been first registered to Mr. Garcia in 1988, the car was re-registered to him in September 1993. It is highly likely that these two dates signify the points at which the car could theoretically be called a car (1988, after considerable work had been finished), and the point at which it could be considered finished. It then passed to the vendor in 1997, being re-registered by him in March of that year.Although the restoration took place some time ago, this elegant car has enjoyed very careful ownership since. It has been used and enjoyed. Regular contenders at Concours d'Elégance, these Antem cars are rare and sought-after, and this well-restored and well-maintained example could be nothing other than a fine addition to any garage.

Lot Details
Auction Retromobile
Christies, Paris
TypeCar
Lot Number309
Estimate€160000-€260000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)€176250
Year1949
Condition rating1
Registration number
Mileage-
Chassis number800980
Engine number
Engine capacity (cc)3557
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2