Delahaye 135 MS Coupe

French coachbuilders like Figoni et Falaschi, Saoutchik, Guilloré, Chapron, Pourtout and Franay revolutionised luxury automobile designs in the mid-1930s. They were fascinated with aerodynamic theory, revelled in vivid colours and brightwork accents and apparently despised straight lines.

A particular highlight of this French coachbuilt era is Figoni et Falaschi’s introduction of the “Goutte d’Eau” or “teardrop” streamliners that were built on the 135 and 165 V-12 chassis and also as Talbot-Lago T150 SS coupés and cabriolets. Figoni et Falaschi were the most flamboyant and imaginative carrosserie of the 1930s. Joseph Figoni started his own body shop in Paris in 1921, spreading his wings in the early ’30s with commissions for Bugatti, Alfa Romeo, Lancia and other sporting marques. In 1935, he partnered with Ovidio Falaschi, who had both capital and business expertise.

Part of the RM Auctions in Como in May, 2011 and Arizona in January, 2013.

3,557 cc inline overhead valve six-cylinder engine, Cotal electro-mechanical four-speed gearbox, independent front suspension with transverse leaf spring, live rear axle with quarter elliptic springs, and four-wheel assisted mechanically actuated Bendix drum brakes. Wheelbase: 2,900 mm (114").

Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Tom Wood; Theo Civitello

Gallery: Delahaye 135 MS Coupe