Started by Emile Delahaye in 1895, standardizing on overhead valve inline six-cylinder engines in the 30's and developing a reputation for power, reliability and fuel economy, Delahaye was recognized as one of France's grandes routieres and a successful competitor in grands prix and sports car races including the 24 Hours of LeMans. Following World War II Delahaye resumed production of its successful Type 135 including the high performance Type 135 MS. Power output varied up to a maximum of 160 brake horsepower. Even in milder tune designed for relaxed touring and town use the triple carburetor 3,558cc overhead valve six delivered 135hp and gave Delahayes with lightweight bodies 100mph capability, performance that was competitive with the best of early postwar automobiles. The Delahaye's perimeter frame boasted independent front suspension and live axle rear suspension and was designed low to the ground. Its low center of gravity had enviable benefits in roadholding but also made it the ideal basis for coachbuilders to demonstrate their vision, skill and craftsmanship. This 1947 Delahaye 135 MS Drophead Coupe has refined, elegant drophead coupe coachwork from the shop of A. Guillore. Finished in red with black fenders and matching body accent, it has contrasting black leather upholstery piped in red and a black cloth top and boot. The triple carburetor engine drives through a 4-speed pre-selector gearbox and it is equipped with chrome wire wheels, blackwall tires, Marchal head and driving lights and a gorgeous 4-spoke leaf spring steering wheel. It is a superb restoration that remains in excellent, sound condition, ready to drive and show at almost any event or venue where its refined A. Guillore drophead coupe coachwork will be well received and appreciated.
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