Location: San Diego California, United States
Interior: Light Gray (gris) Quill Ostrich Leather Seats (Piped in Dark Blue Leather)
Figoni-Falaschi Life is full of opportunities
…but some only come once! “Dela” www.motorcarcompany.com Body Style: 2dr Convertible Engine: 3.5 Liter (3557cc) Overhead Valve (120 Horsepower) Inline Six-Cylinder Transmission: 4-Speed Manual Competition Transmission (Synchromesh Top Three Gears) Chassis #: 46864 (Delahaye) Body #: 581 (Figoni) Engine #: 46864 Exterior Color: Bleu Foncé Interior Color: Light Gray (gris) Quill Ostrich Leather Seats (Piped in Dark Blue Leather) Carpet Color: Dark Blue Convertible Top Color: Dark Blue About “Dela”: This extremely rare Competition 135 Delahaye is coming out of a local San Diego, California prestigious collection where it has been lovingly cared for over fifteen years. In addition to winning over twenty ‘Best of Shows’ in that time, the family has had an amazing experience owning Dela.
Now they feel it’s time for someone else to experience that joy of owning, showing and winning with Dela. The current owner, with his lifetime of collecting and showing cars at important Concours d’Elegance events, is also willing to share that experience and offer helpful suggestions, if desired, to the new owners. More information can be provided on this in further discussions. Important Notes: -Over 20 Best of Show -All Prior Owners Known -All Numbers Matching Throughout -Original Figoni Body #581, Chassis and Engine -Complete History Book/Authentication -Exceptional Provenance -Driven by Joseph Figoni -Numerous other awards such as Most Elegant, Best Paint -Classic Car Club of America Senior Premier 100-Point Condition This Delahaye 135 Competition Convertible has been authenticated by Club Delahaye France, and Figoni records, as the original body (Figoni # 581) and chassis (Delahaye # 46864) with all pertinent numbers on the car matching the original Figoni and Delahaye records.
This extremely rare and important 1936 135 Competition Disappearing Top Convertible is notable for many reasons, including its elegant streamlined design by Joseph Figoni, with the Figoni et Falaschi patented (795.769) disappearing top, pioneered on this car, as well as folding windshield.
It was specially ordered when new, to be equally at home on a boulevard… or on a racetrack. It has a competition engine, gearbox and chassis, restored to 100-point level by marque experts for Concours d’Elegance competition and is the winner of very many prestigious First Place/Best In Show concours and Classic Car Club of America 100 point First Place Premier awards. But most importantly, as a pinnacle example of 1930s French coachbuilding, this beautiful streamlined objet d’art can be seen and valued as fine art, with all the implications for further appreciation that the fine art market commands.
“A true movable feast for the eyes.”
The Beginning: Rarely do competitive racing chassis and engine and imaginative aerodynamic coachwork come together in the same car. This was Figoni et Falaschi’s signature style applied to a convertible… the new flowing streamlined coachwork for which Figoni-Falaschi would become internationally famous. It most dramatically illustrates Figoni’s famed streamlined creations, in this case for a wealthy Parisian named Wolf, a personal friend of Figoni’s. Wolf could afford the best of the best, so he challenged Delahaye and Figoni to create a car with elegant line, fine et elancée, with the fast and reliable Competition 3.5 liter six-cylinder engine, and the competition chassis and rugged four speed transmission… bearing in mind his intent to race the car in rallies, as well as to participate in concours events and various showings for Figoni. The car is powered by a 3.5 liter (3557cc) overhead valve, 120 horsepower, inline six-cylinder Delahaye engine.
It is coupled to a rugged 4-speed manual competition transmission with synchromesh on the top three gears. This car was ordered with the competition engine version, with triple downdraft Solex 40PAI carburetors, a higher-compression cylinder head, an oil cooler, and two fuel fillers in the trunk. The engine and 4-speed competition gearbox are positioned low in the chassis, thus contributing to the benefits of a better-balanced vehicle. The Delahaye Type 135 Competition long-wheelbase chassis was a factory competition special, ordered by Monsieur Wolf to satisfy his dual purpose street and track requirements.
At Delahaye, the competition engine was placed into the rugged Type 135 Competition chassis, a durable advanced design for its time, proved in the coming years at races like the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Other special competition components include: » Hand brake on right side, competition style » Aluminum clutch housing » Semi-circular radiator tank, competition style » Front and rear suspension RAX /friction shocks perpendicular to frame, competition style » Single plate firewall, correct for competition » Rear axle final drive ratio 12 x 41, correct for competition » Compression ratio of 7.58 to 1 is correct Race History: The Type 135 Competition would be successful on nearly every venue in which it competed.
It earned victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Monte-Carlo Rallye, the Paris-Saint-Raphael race, several Grand Prix races, and many other events both before and after WWII. In 1937, a year after this long-wheelbase 135 Competition was delivered to Monsieur Wolf, similar Type 135 Competitions won the Monte Carlo Rallye, and placed first and second at Le Mans. And our car, so successful and beautiful at concours showings, is an integral part of that championship heritage, itself placing sixth place out of 230 cars in the 1949 Monte Carlo Rallye. Famed racing team of Guy Mairesse and Paul Vallée campaigned the car for Wolf, per Club Delahaye France and we have a photo of them in the car at that race, kindly provided by Claude Figoni, Joseph’s son, in an extremely difficult and dangerous race on the rutted muddy wreck-strewn roads of postwar Europe. Monsieur Wolf granted the privilege of showing his car to his close friend Joseph Figoni, for tours and other showings of the streamlined coachwork. Figoni himself drove this car, as Wolf’s eyesight was poor enough to limit his driving. Later, Wolf hired the famous French racing team of Guy Mairesse and Paul Vallée to campaign the car in various racing events.
“The chassis 46864 is correct in all respects.”
-Club Delahaye France Archives “This is one of the most elegant creations of Joseph Figoni and one of the most important Delahaye cars.” -Club Delahaye France Archives Closing: This is one of the rarest cars that any collector could have in their collection, whether it be to show or enjoy for personal use. This car is a true piece of art and history and offers a once in a lifetime experience just to be in its presence. It is sure to be the prize possession of any collection to which it is added. We look forward to working with the future owners of this vehicle to answer any questions and make their buying experience as world-class as this Delahaye is. Asking Price: $250,000 All offers will be considered Ready for immediate worldwide delivery.