13th June 2024

Of the entire pre-war vehicles whose designs appear to have held up, I discover the Delahayes are probably the most lovely. The coachbuilders appear to have discovered methods to take the sensual curves and contours of fundamental form, and make them much more beautiful.

Designed by engineer Jean François, manufactured by French automaker Delahaye, the 1937 Delahaye 135 MS was made with a number of engine decisions and physique types. The 135MS beneath was the sportiest of the alternatives, with engines operating from 120 to 145 hp, and competitors variations at 160 hp.

The mechanical specifics:

3,557 CC OHV Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
Three Solex Carburetors
135 BHP at 3,500 RPM
4-Velocity Cotal Electro-Mechanical Gearbox
4-Wheel Mechanically Actuated Bendix Drum Brakes
Entrance Impartial Suspension with Transverse Leaf Spring
Rear Dwell Axle with Quarter-Elliptical Leaf Springs

These have traded palms at wealthy valuations — this 1939 Delage D8-120 Cabrio bought for $940,000 in 2022, whereas the automotive beneath apparently didn’t promote).

Supply: Traditional Driver

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