Emile Delahaye is one of the founding fathers of the Automobile Industry. Like his contemporaries Gottlieb Daimler, Ferdinand Porsche and Henry Ford, Delahaye built his first automobile before the turn of the twentieth century – in 1895. Emile Delahaye designed the early cars himself and he remained with the company he had founded after selling to two Paris-based industrialists, Léon Desmarais and Georges Morane, in 1897. In poor health, he retired in 1901, leaving Delahaye in the capable hands of production manager Charles Weiffenbach and engineer Amédée Varlet. By this time the company had left its original home in Tours and was re-established in the Morane family's factory in the Gobbelins district of Paris.
Most often associated with the successful sporting cars such as the T135 and their flamboyant, high-art deco style coachwork, Delahaye’s early products were mainly sensible and well-built but somewhat unexciting. The firm built single- and twin-cylinder models initially, and introduced its first four-cylinder car – the Type 11 – in 1903. They eventually branched out into commercial vehicle manufacture including medium duty trucks, buses and fire apparatus. By the outbreak of The Great War, Delahaye had established a reputation for quality and reliability and was ranked in the top ten of French carmakers. During WWI, Delahaye manufactured military trucks, FN rifles and parts for Hispano-Suiza aero engines.
Our featured 1911 Delahaye Type 413a started life in France as a fire engine built by Société Generale du Carrosserie et de Charronage of Paris, and was in service in south east France. After very little time in service, it was replaced by a larger machine that could cover a wider area. After it was decommissioned, the Delahaye found its way to the Musée de l'Automobile du Sud-Est in St Cannat (Provence) where it remained for many years. When the museum closed in 1973, the Delahaye was purchased by Michael Banfield, a well-known British fire engine enthusiast, who kept it for another 40 years with the intention of undertaking a restoration, though this was never carried out in his tenure. The Delahaye was registered in the UK in 1981 as LE 7485, records for which still appear in the DVLA database.
Following its time with Mr. Banfield, the wonderful Delahaye found a new owner in 2014 who commissioned a ground-up restoration, which included fitting the 12-seater charabanc-style body. The body is constructed of wood and finished to a high standard, in keeping with the quality and period feel of the chassis. Fenders and bonnet are excellent, with good quality finish that is period appropriate for a commercial vehicle. Gold coach stripes adorn the fenders, bonnet and wood-spoked wheels. During the restoration, the large wooden wheels were restored and updated to wear pneumatic tires which provide a more civilized ride as well as proving to be far more serviceable than the original solid-rubber tires. Loads of beautiful brass equipment includes period brass King of the Road headlamps, twin coach lamps, a winged Moto-Meter, brass windscreen frame and other trim pieces. The multiple rows of seats are all trimmed in matching black upholstery and appear in very good condition, remaining very fresh and virtually untouched since the restoration was completed in 2016. A full canvas soft top has also been fitted, which is completely removable for fair weather driving.
The big Delahaye is powered by a 3.0-litre, four-cylinder, sidevalve engine, which sends drive rearward via a Ferodo type cone clutch to a three-speed transaxle gearbox and dual-chain driven rear axle. To make it more accessible and enjoyable, a battery, charging system, and electric starter motor have been added, while the metal brakes have been converted to Ferodo friction linings, as well as the aforementioned pneumatic tires. The sale includes some older photographs as well as some documentation. This rare, fun and unique Delahaye would make an enjoyable parade vehicle or it could even be used for promotional work, but we envision it as the perfect toy for summer outings in the company of a big group of friends and family.
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The 135 series was introduced at Paris Salon in 1935 and it quickly became a sharp competitor on a racing circuits. Its driving performance are also today very impressive. The car took the first six places at the 1936 Grand Prix automobile de Marseille, a second at Le Mans in 1937, and first, second, .....
1925 Delahaye Type 97 for sale. Extensive restoration and rebuild undertaken on this car. She is absolutely stunning and beautifully finished. all the photos of the chassis and running gear restoration can be seen here https://goo.gl/photos/svG2QajYYTLPUnPD9
I am selling to fund my next project.
In the aftermath of World War II, Delahaye had survived battered but not broken. Until production of their landmark 135-series could resume, the company paid the bills by building commercial trucks and buses. Once the 135M was revised for the post-war climate, however, Delahaye was back in business .....
car in good overall condition and need a little bit more attention : the original interior should need to be restored and few other cosmetic details. The engine turns well and the car drives well too.
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The great Émile Delahaye, and his successor Amédée Varlet, are two of France’s greatest pioneers in the motoring industry. Their talent and innovative approach to engineering earned Societe Des Automobiles Delahaye its place as one of France’s grandes routieres, building magnificent road cars .....
Mileage : 81.201 Kms
First registration date : 1949
Color : Dark Blue
Interior color : Tan
Power (kw) : 91
Power (cv) : 125
Cubic capacity : 3600
Number of cylinders : 6
Fuel type : Petrol
Gearbox : Manual
Layout : RWD
Number of seats : 4
Coachwork by Guilloré
We have for sale an impressive original delahaye limousine from 1911 second hand!! the second owner bought it from a friend in 1913 who was dieing and asked him to keep the car for ever . the car has been with the family since then and is very little used .the owner now is his grandson .
the car is .....