1947 Delahaye 135MS

by | Oct 22, 2019

Photo Credit: David Newhardt Courtesy Mecum Auctions

1947 Delahaye 135MS

by | Oct 22, 2019

Photo Credit: David Newhardt Courtesy Mecum Auctions

YEAR

1947

MODEL

135MS Figoni et Falaschi Narval

MANUFACTURER

Delahaye

CHASSIS NUMBER

800495

AUCTION COMPANY

Mecums

AUCTION DATE

This vehicle is available for immediate purchase as part of the Mecum Gallery Exposition sales format.
How many cars have been named for whales? Here’s one: a Delahaye 135MS with a Figoni et Falaschi Narval body. Yes, that’s right, the body is named for the medium-size toothed whale, the narwhal.

You can see a touch of the sea creature’s tusk in the soft rounded nose of the Delahaye and again as the body flows back to those long rear fenders. Full wheel covers over the wire wheels front and back add to the sweep of the design. Note the chrome detailing curving down off the front fenders, more accents along the bottom of the car and delicate bumpers front and back. The shape is the work of famed French coachbuilder Figoni et
Falaschi and is one of just seven similar bodies.

Complementing the light blue exterior is an interior with blue leather-pleated seats. You enter the cockpit through rear-hinged doors. The right-hand drive layout has a pair of large
round gauges — a tachometer and speedometer — centered on the dash with a clock between them. There is a quartet of rectangular gauges to the right of the classic steering wheel with a rim made of clear plastic.

All this rides on a 116.0-inch Delahaye 135MS (Modified Special) chassis with independent suspension up front and a live axle at the back. The brakes? Cable operated.

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Under that sculpted hood is a 3.6-liter inline-6 with a trio of Solex carburetors and 125 horsepower. There’s a self-changing 4-speed Cotal preselector gearbox with its unique shift
lever off the steering column. It’s said that this package is good for 100 mph.

One owner has had the Delahaye for the last 50 years and the car has been through a “meticulous show-winning quality restoration.”

A true French beauty… no wonder it was featured in the 1947 Parks Auto Salon.

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