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Lot 273: Delahaye 135 3,6 litre Sport Carrosserie style Le Mans

Automobiles d'Exception a Retromobile, Bonhams (23 January 2010)

Based initially at Tours and from 1898 in Paris, Delahaye built its first automobile in 1894 and soon diversified into commercial vehicle manufacture. Its early products tended to be rather lacklustre but then in 1935 came the first of a new generation that would change the marque's image: the T135 Coupe Des Alpes. A fine sporting car designed by Delahaye's chief engineer, Jean Françoise, the T135 somewhat paradoxically borrowed its engine from one of its maker's trucks. The 3.2-litre, six-cylinder, overhead-valve unit produced 110bhp on triple Solex carburettors, while the chassis featured transverse-leaf independent front suspension, four-speed synchromesh or Cotal gearboxes, centre-lock wire wheels and Bendix brakes. This engine's effectiveness had already been demonstrated, when a short-chassis monoposto fitted with one established a number of new world and international speed records at Montlhéry in 1934. A 3.2-litre 135 came 5th at Le Mans in 1935 and for the following year Delahaye improved on the formula with the 3.6-litre, 120/130bhp T135MS. The competition version was soon making a name for itself, taking 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th places in the run-to-sportscar-regulations 1936 French Grand Prix and winning the Monte Carlo Rally and Le Mans 24-Hour Race outright in 1937 and 1938 respectively. Prince Bira won the 1938 Donington 12-Hour Sports Car Race in Prince Chula's example and went on to take victory in Brooklands' 'fastest road car in England' race against some formidable opposition. The model reappeared post-WW2 as the 135M et MS with the 3.6-litre engine and lasted in production until 1951. Delahaye had no in-house coachworks, so all its chassis were bodied by inde

Lot Details
Auction Automobiles d'Exception a Retromobile
Bonhams, Porte de Versailles, Paris
Lot Number273
Outcome NOT SOLD
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Chassis number47212
Engine number833895
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