1937 Delahaye 135 CS Le Mans

The Delahaye 135 was an automobile manufactured by Delahaye and designed by a young engineer called Jean Francois. It was produced from 1935 till 1954 in many different body styles. A sporting tourer, also popular for racing. Competition 135s set the all-time record at the Ulster Tourist Trophy, and placed second and third in the Mille Miglia in 1936, and the 1938 24 Hours of LeMans.

History

The Delahaye 135 was an automobile manufactured by Delahaye and designed by a young engineer called Jean Francois. It was produced from 1935 till 1954 in many different body styles. A sporting tourer, also popular for racing. Competition 135s set the all-time record at the Ulster Tourist Trophy, and placed second and third in the Mille Miglia in 1936, and the 1938 24 Hours of LeMans.

The 135 was successful as a racing car during the late 1930’s, winning the Monte Carlo rally 1937 and 24 Hours Le Mans in 1938.

The Le Mans victory, with Chaboud and Tremoulet at the wheel, was decisive, with two more Delahayes coming in second andfourth. A regular 135 came seventh at the 1935 Le Mans, and in 1937 135MS came in second and third. Appearing again in 1939,two 135MS made it to sixth and eighth place, and again after the war the now venerable 135MS finished in 5th, 9th and 10th place.

This fabulous 1937 Delahaye 135 CS Le Mans, was bought by a very well-known classic car collector in Argentina called Roberto “Gallego” Rodriguez in the late 1960’s. The car was located by Mr. Rodriguez in a complete state in storage in some rural buildings in the Province of Santa Fe, Argentina; but having been in storage for many years, required restoration.

He then set about finding the finest craftsman in the country (still recognized as being one of the best coach builders) Mr. Hugo Galicio, to reconstruct the whole bodywork in 1969. Mr. Galicio based the rebuilding of the bodywork from the original Delahaye factory plans (copies of those plans are available upon request). This astonishing car was owned by Rodriguez family until 2002 when the current owner bought it from Mr. Rodriguez wife. The car has remained in the same family’s private collection since 2003.

The list of independent body suppliers offering to clothe the 135 chassis is the list of France’s top coachbuilders of the time, including Figoni & Falaschi, Letourneur et Marchand, Marcel Pourtout, Freres Dubois, J. Saoutchik, Franay, Antem and Henri Chapron.

Description

This fabulous car has been used in various races, such as Rally Doble Cruce de la Cordillera in 1974, Doble Cruce Zarate Brazo Largo in 1979, 2do Doble Cruce de la Cordillera in 1980, Rally “Le Belle Epoque” in 1981, the Mille Miglia in Argentina since 1989, the 500 Millas of the Club Automoviles Sport (CAS), Gran Premio Internacional de San Isidro, Gran Prix Paris Giannini, Gran Prix Legends in the Autodromo Internacional de Buenos Aires (ex F1 circuit) and many others. In 2011, the car was asked to be exhibited at the Autoclasica expo, which is organized by the Club de Automoviles Clasicos (CAC) in the Argentine Republic.

This is the largest most popular classic car exhibition in Latin America. This exquisite racing pedigree car runs beautifully and has its original cotal gearbox ready to be fitted. It also has its FIVA Identity Card and other classic car documentation specifying the originality and origin of the car.

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