Even among the world’s great classic car exhibitions, the appearance of a Delahaye, one of the grand marques of pre WWII France, is a rare event.
One of the rarest of them all, a 1938 Delahaye 135MS Coupe that was featured at the 1938 Paris Salon, will be among the more than one hundred classics competing for glory this Sunday at the Sixth annual Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
The most exotic designs of the Art Deco era were those of French coachbuilders whose work became synonymous with the “French curve.” Among the most prominent was Figoni et Falaschi, which built the body for this Delahaye and displayed it at the Paris show.
Beyond its sheer beauty, the Type 135, introduced in 1935, was a highly-regarded, high-performance car of its day, often found in the winners’ circles of the great cross-country road races and Grands Prix of Europe.
This car is equipped with Delahaye’s highest-output, 160-horsepower, 3,557cc six-cylinder MS racing engine and a Cotal electro-mechanical four-speed gearbox.
Its short-wheelbase 114-inch chassis features fully independent front suspension, with quarter-elliptic rear leaf springs and four-wheel Bendix drum brakes. It was one of a rare few cars of its era that were capable of speeds in excess of 100 mph, with road handling to match.
Delahayes are highly regarded and sought after by collectors and enthusiasts and this one, now based in Savannah, Georgia, is among the finest examples of the marque still extant.
Another Type 135, with body by Figoni et Falaschi, Best in Show winner at the 2014 Cobble Beach Concours d'Elegance. Might this one repeat the feat?
You can see for yourself at the 2018 Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance, which will take place on Sunday, September 16, at the Cobble Beach Golf Resort Community on the shores of Georgian Bay, about ten minutes north of Owen Sound, Ontario.
More information on the event can be found at www.cobblebeachconcours.com.