1948 Delahaye 135 M Sport Coupé by Hebmüller

by May 21, 2019

Photos: Remi Dargegen © 2019 Courtesy of RM Sotheby's

1948 Delahaye 135 M Sport Coupé by Hebmüller

by May 21, 2019

Photos: Remi Dargegen © 2019 Courtesy of RM Sotheby's

YEAR

1948

MODEL

135 M Sport Coupé by Hebmüller

MANUFACTURER

Delahaye

ESTIMATE (US)

$279,000-$391,000

ENGINE NUMBER

800870

CHASSIS NUMBER

800870

AUCTION COMPANY

RM Sotheby's

AUCTION DATE

May 25

It’s always fun when an automobile’s history is as engaging as the vehicle itself. We present one such car.

This tale begins in 1940 when racing driver Eugène Chaboud passed his Delahaye 135 S Competition Court on to a Parisian wine merchant, a Mr. Grivelet. It was after World War II that said wine purveyor decided to have the car re-bodied. Apparently, there were no hard feelings for he had the work done in Germany, specifically in Wülfrath at the coachbuilder Karosserie Hebmüller.

Grivelet kept the car until 1970 and then it passed through several owners before, in 2011, Hebmüller’s coachwork was removed and put in storage. Six years later, the body had a “light restoration” and was affixed to a restored 1948 Delahaye 135 M chassis with its drivetrain. That’s when it got its 800870 chassis number.

An entirely new story begins there and to get the details we suggest you go to the Lot Link URL to see the photos. To begin, the car is so long, low, sleek, black…and unusual. Its form is emphasized by the large whitewall tires and full-wheel chrome hubcaps. You can see yourself cruising down a road in it – and whether that road is in France, Maine or Montana, it doesn’t make any difference. This car has presence.

And being a Delahaye 135 M it is likely reliable as well. One look under the hood with the three proud carburetors standing at attention gives confidence. The gearbox is a preselector.

Now to the details: Inside a broad bench seat for the right-hand drive. Room for two or three. The glorious dashboard with cubby holes at both ends. Two large round gauges with classic typeface for the speed and revs, set rather far apart but so attractive. Five rectangular gauges for technical details and, in the center the impressive winged badge stating “Karosserie Hebmüller Wuppertal Barman.”

And the very idea of storing the spare tire under a door in the left front fender behind the wheel.

How engaging…

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