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1948 Delahaye 135 M Cabriolet par Letourneur et Marchand For Sale by Auction

French title Chassis # 801182 Engine # 801182 - Only four units made - Fully restored - Original mechanicals This rare four-seater cabriolet is part of a series of four almost identical models, bodied by Letourneur et Marchand. As confirmed by Jean-Paul Tissot, it was ordered in March 1948 and the chassis was delivered to Letourneur et Marchand on December 10 of the same year. Once completed, the car was delivered on June 15, 1949 at the Delage/Delahaye dealership on Avenue Franklin Roosevelt, in Paris. With the body number 3046, it was delivered in a grey-blue livery with grey upholstery, and equipped with a 3.5L 6S-103 engine, aspirated with three carburettors. This example is in all likelihood the one that participated successfully, during the spring of 1949, in the concours d'elegance at the Grand Cascade, in Bois de Boulogne, as well as that of Vichy, where it won the Price of Honour. The next trace of the car is in 1977, in Quebec, when it appeared in an ad, in need of new paint, upholstery and hood following a fire. Purchased by a Delahaye club administrator in 1979, the car would then benefit from a complete restoration in France. It is from the latter that the current owner acquired the car in 2009, before embarking on a new comprehensive restoration. The body was exposed to the bare metal, before being repainted, and the front axle and brakes were fully restored. The mechanicals were refurbished by the owner himself, a former engine engineer at Alfa Romeo, and a test of the compression ratio testifies to the engine's excellent condition. The upholstery, the carpets and the hood were also redone at the same time, and invoices testify to the restoration. In perfect working order, this cabriolet bodied by Letourneur et Marchand is rare and much more exclusive than the achievements of its subsidiary Autobineau. Estimation 150 000 - 200 000 €


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