Delahaye 135 M Cabriolet
Launched at the 1935 Paris Salon, the Type 135M would prove to be Delahaye’s mainstay for the rest of its lifetime, lasting into the 1940s and early 1950s. The 135M featured a new chassis, designed by engineer Jean-François, with welded box-section side members and pressed crossmembers welded to a ribbed floor. The engine was a 3,557 cc overhead-valve six, as used in the earlier Type 138, from which the transverse leaf spring independent front suspension was also carried over. Delahaye had no coachworks, so bodies typically came from the likes of Franay, Figoni et Falaschi, Saoutchik or Antem.
In fact, the Parisian coachbuilder Jean Antem devoted most of his effort after World War II to Delahaye and Talbot, remaining remarkably viable until 1955. This car bears no coachbuilder’s badge, but the body has prominent Antem hallmarks, in particular the bright flash on the rear wings, part of which, on the spats, is missing. It has knock-off wire wheels in contrasting paint, which is repeated on the huge brake drums to good effect.
Part of the RM Auction at Aalholm on August 12, 2012
Source: RM Auctions