Car & Classic Dealer

Hyman Ltd Classic Cars

2310 Chaffee Drive, St. Louis, Mo. 63146


1946 Delahaye 135M Drophead Coupe By Worblaufen For Sale

As stated

Price As stated
Ad Type For Sale
Category Classic Cars
Make Delahaye
Year 1946
Country United States of America
Region International
Status Trade
Ref C1327103
From its foundation in 1894, Delahaye quickly rose to prominence in the French motor industry. Their reputation for quality and performance resulted from their exploits at Le Mans and elsewhere across Europe in the highly competitive world of Grand Prix racing. In 1935, Delahaye unveiled a new car that became one of the most successful models in its history – the Type 135. Aside from being a natural-born competitor, the Type 135 chassis was also a darling of the prestigious French coachbuilding industry, proving to be the canvas of choice for many a masterpiece of French design from highly prestigious firms including Chapron, Franay, and Figoni et Falaschi.

As the dust of war settled, the citizens and industry of France emerged from the rubble battered but far from broken. Delahaye reopened its factory, initially just for 3 ½ -ton truck production, which paid the bills thanks to the high demands of Reconstruction. In 1946, the Type 135M resumed production, and Delahaye was finally back in the business of building France’s premier sportscars. Engineers revised the 135 with a widened track for better handling and improved the overhead valve six-cylinder engine, offering up to 130 horsepower for the “MS” and considerably more for racing. The emerging postwar aesthetic proved a fine match for the superb chassis, and bodies varied as widely as owners’ personalities. Ultimately, Delahaye built 1, 155 post-war Type 135s through 1952, but sadly, it was all over in 1954 following a merger with Hotchkiss.

The Delahaye offered here is one of a scant few Type 135s with coachwork by Worblaufen of Berne, Switzerland. Carrosserie Worblaufen may be a lesser-known coachbuilding firm, yet they enjoyed a quiet reputation for superb quality craftsmanship and tasteful, understated design. Fritz Ramseier founded the firm in 1929 in his home village of Worblaufen and was joined by his brothers Earnst and Hans, who assisted with sales and running the workshop, respectively. Their early work consisted mainly of drophead versions of humble Opels, Renaults, and Peugeots, but soon, a more sophisticated clientele came calling. Before long, chassis from Mercedes-Benz, Alfa Romeo, Lancia, and Isotta-Fraschini were dotted throughout the workshop. Delahaye was an ideal fit for Worblaufen’s style and quality, and the firm bodied about a dozen chassis in-period, of which just four or five survive.

According to Club Delahaye historians, chassis number 800319 is one of nine Worblaufen-bodied Delahayes known to survive. While the earliest history it not known, it was likely sold to a Swiss owner considering the choice of coachwork. In the early 1990s, it was owned by known marque enthusiast James Brandy of Oakdale, Pennsylvania. He placed an advert in a French newspaper listing the car for sale, with photos showing it in unrestored but complete condition. It was subsequently restored in an American restoration shop for a Mr. John McDonald, who traded it to the most recent owner in the late 1990s.

As offered, it is in lovely condition with a well preserved restoration. Some subtle alterations were made to the design during its restoration, with notable elements including low-mounted Marchal headlamps, rear wheel spats, and polished body side trim. These touches were inspired by similar Worblaufen designs used on Alfa Romeo chassis and highlight its graceful, curvaceous lines. Gorgeous ventilated wheel covers and black wall tires provide the perfect finishing touch to this sporting grande routière. The restoration has matured gracefully, displaying excellent, consistent finishing of the dark metallic blue paint and brightwork. Worblaufen coachwork is highly regarded for its impressive quality, which is apparent throughout this marvelous automobile.

The lovely interior offers plenty of room for four passengers. Like the exterior, the soft trim is well preserved since its restoration and presents in excellent condition with attractive taupe-colored leather piped in blue, matching light tan carpets, and a woodgrain-effect instrument panel. Switches and controls are in good order, including the correct O. S. dials and three-spoke banjo steering wheel. Understated yet luxurious, the cabin is undoubtedly a marvelous place to spend the day motoring along your favorite roads.

The side-hinged bonnet opens to reveal the period-correct OHV inline-six equipped with triple carburetors and backed by a four-speed Cotal pre-select gearbox. Club experts believe this car originally had the preferred three-carburetor “MS” engine, making the current unit true to original specs. The engine bay is well detailed, tidy, and honestly presented, with authentic ancillaries and paint finishes. It runs well and is ideally suited for further preparation for touring and road events.

Of the approximately 45 known examples of Worblaufen coachwork extant, this marvelous Delahaye is certainly one of the standouts. It is a beautiful machine that combines the best restrained Swiss aesthetics and sporty French underpinnings in a beautifully crafted package.

Offers welcome and trades considered

$389, 500
For immediate assistance please call us at +1-the details below
Car and Classic logo Compare classic car insurance quotes Get a quote
Login to edit this advert
Similar Adverts

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 Chassis no. 801186 •One ...


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 completely original ...


1949 Delahaye Type 135M Cabriolet by Franay This wonderfully preserved 1949 Delahaye Type 135M Cabriolet by Franay has exceptional original patina and comes offered to potential new ownership with incredibly well researched/documented historya truly remarkable Pebble Beach Concours dElegance veteran with the option ...

United States of America

delahaye fully restored year 1937 special model ordered and bought by french administration fully registered in delahaye archives is complete 135 car only fitted with 4 cylinder 134N model following french administration specification all matching numbers french paperwork technical control ok all is new


Rare 1936 Delahaye 135 Competition Figoni-Patented Disappearing Top Convertible Figoni et Falaschi, Paris Chassis No. 46864 Engine No. 46864 .This is the 1936 "Talk of Paris" car, the beginning of the famed Figoni Streamlined Elegance Era, an objet d'art .One of the most highly awarded cars in the world....Best ...

United States of America

1949 Delahaye 135MS Letourneur Et Marchand Coupe In the years leading up to World War II, Delahaye enjoyed elite status among the top French automakers, earning its lauded reputation for quality and performance at LeMans and on the Grand Prix circuit. In 1935, the firm introduced one of its most successful models, the ...

United States of America

Utterly unique and literally a one-off, this pre-World War 2 1939 Delahaye 135M Cabriolet is one of only two examples of this classic model, with its body-work designed by Letourneur et Marchand, the legendary Parisian body specialists. With the other of the two examples lost in time and space, this Delahaye 135M Cabriolet ...

United States of America
Premium Dealer
Picture of 1948 Delahaye 135 M cabriolet Figone & Falaschi For Sale

Chassis 135 M #801010 from 1948 Cabriolet FIGONI & FALASCHI #1038 In the aftermath of World War II, Delahaye had survived and 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 ...

Premium Dealer
Picture of 1938 Delahaye 135 MS For Sale

Delahaye 135 "MS" (Modifiée Spéciale) One of the greatest pre-war French Sports Cars, built to the highly desirable “Modife?e Spe?ciale” specification Complete ground up restoration completed over a two-year period from 1989-1991 Body beautifully and precisely built to Figoni et Falaschi style by the highly regarded ...


1948 DELAHAYE TYPE 135M CABRIOLET 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 ...

United States of America

This car has been with the same family since 1913 when the original owner died . the car has been preserved in an incredible original condition . every nut is factory original . the car has been the last years over tripods but the engine was started from time to time . it has 5 seats in the rear cabine . there is an ...


Delahaye 135M Worblaufen | One-Off | 1947 Highlights: - Body built by Worblaufen - Based on a Delahaye 135M chassis - 4-seater cabriolet - Unrestored car, in good condition - Easy to drive, with astonishingly light handling Delahaye 135M Worblaufen This classic was delivered new in Switzerland and built entirely ...