1939 Delahaye 135

Last updated on August 26, 2021

Todays car is a 1939 Delahaye 135 Roadster in the style of Figoni et Falaschi finished in what I would say is a beautiful Dark Metallic Gray with a red leather interior. I saw this beautiful car at The Point in El Segundo at Manhattan Beach Cars & Coffee that meets the last Saturday of every month from 8 – 10 AM. This car is owned by Tom Kazamek. As far as I was concerned no other cars needed to show up. I was mesmerized.

It is powered by a 3.6 liter overhead valve straight-six with three downdraft Solex carburetors, which could produce 160 horsepower.  Transferring that power through a partially synchronized four-speed manual transmission. Delivering that power to a live rear axle with quarter-elliptical springs & friction dampers to Rudge-Whitworth 5.5 X 17 inch spoked wheels and 5.5 X 17 inch tires. Up front is an independent suspension with transverse semi-ellipic springs, friction dampers, and radius rods. Helping slow it down are four-wheel servo assisted, mechanically actuated Bendix drum brakes.  It has a top speed of about 100 mph.

This car was part of the Jacques Dayez collection that was sold in Paris France on 5 February 2020 by RM Sotheby’s. Click the link below to get more details of the car and restoration.

Click here for RM Sotheby’s information on 1939 Delahaye 135 Roadster.

This is one of the most beautiful cars designed in this time period. It is elegant and gives you the feeling of movement while the car is sitting still.

Thanks for riding along.

Frank

Don’t miss the backup light incorporated in the tail fin. Then the tail lights look like an after thought. Not a fluid piece of the design like the back up light.
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