N°801.025 – Cabriolet Grand Luxe by Chapron – 1948
Between 1935 and 1950 the Delahaye 135 chassis is certainly the one that most inspired the great body builders in Europe. From the wisest to the most exuberant, without forgetting the great classics, all tried their hand at this marvellous chassis with ideal proportions to give free rein to their creativity.
The car we present here is a “Grand Luxe” convertible, bodied by Henri Chapron n°801.025, “matching number” and very recently restored by JWA Classic.
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From Paris to the Côte d’Azur
The first owner of the car was Mr. Leblanc, manager of the “Distilleries de Bretagne et Normandie réunies”. Mr. Leblanc was located at 5 rue Lincoln in Paris, just a few steps from the Avenue des Champs Elysées where the Parisian showcase of Delahaye was coincidently located, just around the corner from Rue Lincoln.
Documents from the Chapron archives show that choices of the model, options and personalized settings had been done meticulously.
We do not know how long Mr Leblanc kept the car, but we find her later in 1963 in the hands of Mr Michel Picard, architect living in Le Lavandou, in the South of France. Michel Picard sold it in 1966 for 150 Francs. The car entered the JWA-Classic collection in 2009. It was a wreck that hadn’t been driven for decade
Cabriolet Grand Luxe
The Delahaye 135 M 801.025 is one of the first post-war Delahaye, a time when the economic revival allowed some people to access with frenzy to expenses they had had to deprive themselves of for years.
The delivery of this upgraded “S” Cabriolet is described as “Very Urgent” on Henri Chapron’s body shop sheet. And indeed, barely two months after its entry as a chassis, the car was invoiced to its new and happy owner.
It is a beautiful convertible in the purest “Chapron” line, both classic and timeless. The bodywork benefits from several options that justify the term “improved” found in the bodybuilder’s files: luggage rack on rear trunk, “aviation” bumpers, “sport hood”, “chrome wheels”, …
The engine is of the “M” type with three carburetors.
Brand : Delahaye
Type : 135 M
Coachbuilder : Henri Chapron
Chassis & Motor : 801.025
Year : 1948
Body : 6579
Delahaye 135 MS Cabriolet by Chapron – 1948 – Technical Data Sheet (French)
Engine : 3’557 cm3, 6 cylinders straight : 84X107, Soupapes en tête par culbuteurs, Vilebrequin à quatre paliers, Graissage sous pression, Compression : 7,6 :1 Puissance : Puissance fiscale : 20CV, Puissance au frein : poussée à 140 CV Alimentation : Trois carburateurs Solex inversés de 40 Allumage : Delco, Batterie 12 V 90 AH Refroidissement : Par eau Réservoir : Capacité : 100L Transmission : Propulsion aux roues arrière, Embrayage monodisque à sec Boîte de Vitesse : Électromagnétique Cotal à 4 rapports : Première : 0,321, Deuxième : 0,46, Troisième : 0,72, Quatrième : 1 Châssis : Châssis surbaissé (Châssis semi-élargi) Suspension : Ressorts à lames et quatre amortisseurs hydrauliques Messier à double effet Direction : À vis globique et secteur, Rayon de braquage : 6 m, Trois tours de volants d’une butée à l’autre Roues, pneus : Type Rudge à rayons, pneus de 6/650X17
The car arrived in 2009 in the JWA Classic collection. It was in a completely dilapidated state. But it was an authentic “Grand Luxe Cabriolet” signed by Chapron and matching number.