1947 Delahaye 135 MS CoupeSOLD

1947 Delahaye 135 MS Coupe

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To be OFFERED AT AUCTION at RM’s Amelia Island event, March 9, 2013. To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmauctions.com/Amelia Island.

Chassis No.
800490

Estimate:
$325,000 - $400,000 US

160 bhp, 3,557 cc OHV inline six-cylinder engine, independent front suspension with transverse leaf spring, live rear axle with quarter elliptic springs, and four-wheel assisted mechanically-actuated Bendix drum brakes. Wheelbase: 114 in.


The most desirable Delahaye Modifie Speciale chassis
One-off Swiss custom coachwork
Exceptional original condition, with 14,000 miles

Delahaye's most famous model remains the 135, introduced at the 1935 Paris Auto Show and produced until 1951. It was the foundation of all Delahaye models to follow and was produced in several different iterations, the most desirable and powerful of which was the 135 MS, or Modifie Speciale, introduced in 1938. Equipped with three carburetors, its inline six-cylinder engine produced 135 horsepower. That is not an impressive number today, but in the 1930s, the 135 MS' top speed of 100 mph ranked it among the fastest automobiles in the world, and it could return up to 25 mpg, making it surprisingly fuel efficient for the time. This efficiency led to racing versions of the chassis, winning many victories, including Le Mans..

Reference Number 205643

as of 3/21/2013

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Car 1947 Delahaye 135 MS Coupe
VIN 800490 
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