1947 Delahaye 135 M Roadster

Automobiles Historiques

Automobiles Historiques is offering this beautiful Delahaye 135 M Roadster by Guilloré for sale.

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Frenchman Émile Delahaye built his first basic car at the foundry he managed in Tours in 1894. The pioneer motorist proved his products in sporting events from the 1500km Paris-Marseille-Paris road race of 1896. Investors enabled him to launch the Delahaye marque in 1898 with a factory in Paris’ rue du Banquier. Delahaye retired in 1901 but did not live to see its glory days. Derivatives of the straight-six engined 135 model won the Monte Carlo Rally in 1937 and ’38 Le Mans 24 Hours.

Delahaye’s robust touring car chassis and proven running gear were clothed, sometimes extravagantly, by some of the world’s greatest coachbuilders, including Figoni and Falaschi. Parisian ‘carrossier’ Alphonse Guilloré’s creations were no less beautiful, and more practical.

The stunning example is one of three 135 M ‘compétition’ roadsters, which emerged from his atelier at Courbevoie for 1947. Two are known to survive. Powered by a 3.6-litre engine, with triple Solex carburettor option, driving through a four-speed Cotal electro-magnetic gearbox. Cherished by only five French owners from new since 1947, the most recent has lovingly restored it to concours condition. An extraordinarily rare prestige car to drive and show at the best concours worldwide, where it has never been seen.

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Flavien and Vanessa Marçais are both steeped in motorsport. Brought up around fine motor cars in families rooted in racing on either side of the English Channel, the duo bring huge experience and passion to the challenging and often difficult roles of organising and running events. Client confidentiality, utmost discretion, specialist expertise, personal attention and ultimately trust are the proud professional hallmarks of Automobiles Historiques Limited. For 20 years principals Flavien and Vanessa Marçais have sourced, researched, bought and sold a plethora of the world’s finest cars. The Anglo-French husband-and-wife team behind the growing business were both brought up in respected motoring families. Passion for motoring is in their blood. Embroiled in collecting, restoring and racing cars since childhood, Flavien and Vanessa can also draw upon a network of discreet contacts globally. Successfully marketing extraordinary classic and competition cars demands an extremely high level of specialist knowledge. A specialist writer and historian, Flavien’s encyclopaedic memory for detail is underpinned by an exceptional automotive library and world-class photographic archive, uniquely in-house. This notably includes the collection of Flavien’s Late grandfather Serge Pozzoli, Christian Moity’s library and Ferret Fotographics, the motorsport image library built up over decades by Ted Walker, which comprises over 7-million original images and was added to the collection in 2017. Wife Vanessa is British, daughter of leading Jaguar restorer and specialist Aubrey Finburgh. She, too, has raced Historic sportscars. Having carved out her career in the historic motoring world from a young age, working with some of the best in the industry, Vanessa founded Automobiles Historiques Limited – parent company of the “GT & Sports Car Cup” race series – with husband Flavien some 20 years ago. The majority of cars Automobiles Historiques deal with are not advertised, but matched by Private Treaty to individual requirements. If you are minded to acquire a very special car, or find a new custodian for one you have cherished, Automobiles Historiques Limited’s track record is exemplary. Please do not hesitate to contact them!