New Delhi। Founded in 1894 by Emile Delahaye, Delahaye was a distinguished brand in sporting tourer in its time and for all the right reasons. Its exceptionally spectacular design and a stunning winning streak in car-races were enough to make any car enthusiast its loyal lover.
It’s a loss the company didn’t last but the existing classics continue to have a niche place for the vintage enthusiast.
One of its rare designs, 1935 Delahaye 135MS ensconces in Jaipur, India in the ownership of Maharaja Dalip Singh. The model was also crowned a winner in first ever Cartier Concours d’Elegance. Cartier Concours is India’s most anticipated Classic and Vintage cars exhibit, where these historical treasures are displayed in various categories.
It is one of the five rare surviving models of its kind. Merely 11 were built on custom. The model boasts of coachwork by Figoni and Falaschi, a highly successful coachbuilder firm of the 1930s, known for infusing pure beauty in automobiles.
Royal Lineage to flank
The intrigue and grandeur of classic have a lot to do with their historic glory. 1835 Delahaye 135MS also has a royal lineage to flank. Its cabriolet and chassis have traveled across the world! Its chassis or base structure was first spotted in another Delahaye 135 at 1935 Paris Auto Salon following which, it was put in a Bugatti Type 43. This swap resulted in the unfortunate loss of the chassis. Fortunately, its cabriolet, or the convertible body persevered. This Bugatti was later purchased by a military Colonel residing in the United States of America and stayed there for 39 years.
It’s journey continued and it reached England, where it went through an unfortunate event – the new owner tried to incorrectly modify it, nearly destroying it in the process. It was only in 2000 that the current owners purchased it and spent 5 years of research and a huge bunch of money in order to restore it to its original glory.