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PostPosted: Mon Aug 10, 2009 2:04 am    Post subject: 1948 Delahaye 135MS Reply with quote

More jaw-dropping beauty and gleaming from the Concours.

The placard:

1948 Delahaye 135MS
Faget Varnet Cabriolet


A Honeymoon Gift to the Designer's Daughter

Delahayes have always been remarkable automobiles. They are interesting, quick, responsive, and very often astonishing to look at. Emile Delahaye began building rear-engined, belt-driven cars in 1894. Introduced at the 1935 Paris Salon, the Type 135 was a delight with its spirited and lively chassis, independent front suspension, light steering, and buttery-smooth Cotal electromagnetic gearbox.

In 1938, a new, top-of-the-line model of the 135 was introduced at the Paris Salon, the MS(Modifiee Speciale). Its powerplant was a thoroughly updated version of the existing 3.5 liter six-cylinder engine. A larger cylinder head and bigger valves improved breathing and horsepower was increased to 130 and some could reach an incredible top speed of 110 mph.

The Delahaye shown here was featured by Faget Varnet, a small post-war French Coachbuilder, at the 1948 Salon de Paris. The company built two cabriolets in this configuration and this particular automobile was a gift to Michelline Varnet, the designer's daughter, for use on her honeymoon in 1950. The chassis is the high performance "MS" version of Delahaye's famous 135 model. Technically, this vehicle is extremely advanced as Faget Varnet pioneered monocoque construction. In addition, the elegant design includes curved side glass, disappearing top, and frameless windshield.


























PostPosted: Mon Aug 10, 2009 11:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Damn, what a honeymoon gift...


PostPosted: Tue Aug 11, 2009 1:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is really a very unique type of blue. Can't say I have seen it anywhere else before. Would never be able to afford such a car so I won't mind having a t-shirt in this color.


PostPosted: Tue Aug 11, 2009 2:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Stunning automotive art, and well caught.


PostPosted: Wed Aug 12, 2009 7:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This car has the steering wheel on the right, so might have been built for someone in the UK originally.


PostPosted: Fri Aug 14, 2009 3:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Excalibur wrote:
This car has the steering wheel on the right, so might have been built for someone in the UK originally.
Actually, the Delahaye and Talbot-Lago marques were French makers of chassis and drivetrains. Both marques were extensively bodied by the Figoni & Falaschi coachbuilders, hence their very similar appearences. Only a select few of either marques were offered with their own coachwork, and I have yet to see examples of either.