French Classic Cars Collection 1937-1951
Auction organised by Osenat at Retromobile Paris, on Feb. 3rd, 2024.
Sales details on www.osenat.com

Delahaye 135MS coach 1951 Figoni

Delahaye 135MS

N°801.736 – COACH BY FIGONI & FALASCHI – 1951

 

The Ultimate

Practical Visibility

This latest Delahaye 135, designed by Joseph Figoni, offers a highly practical and appreciated feature for a coach—its visibility from the driver’s seat in the three-quarter rear view.

Delahaye 135MS coach 1951 Figoni

Functional Elegance of the 1950s

These wide quarter windows, seamlessly integrated by Figoni with the emerging design trends of the early 1950s, indeed provide a valuable perspective, especially at acute-angle intersections. Technological innovations, like electrically operated windows, are ultimately appreciated.

Smooth and Easy Driving

The car handles with smoothness and ease, and its maintenance remains entirely conventional. Equipped with an electric fuel pump, the car facilitates cold starts.

Delahaye 135MS coach 1951 Figoni

Details

The chassis 801736 probably entered the Figoni & Falaschi workshops in January 1951.
The car was registered 5086 Y 85 on April 6, 1951 in the name of the company Figoni & Falaschi until July 3 of the same year. It then passes to the name of Joseph Figoni.
We have found a written testimony that indicates that it was presented at the 1951 Paris Salon.

On November 15, 1951 it kept its registration number but became the property of the company Figoni & Cie.

Finally, it found a new owner on May 22, 1953 and took the registration number 527 AE 89.

Unfortunately, the registers do not indicate how long this registration was kept nor who was its subsequent owner.
We meet the car again in Belgium in the garage of a famous Delahaye collector, but we only know the day he disposed of it: November 11, 1982. How long did he own it? It is impossible to say.
But we know that he sold it to a Dutch collector. This one will keep it until 1998.
The car returned to France in the early 2000s and entered the JWA Classic collection in 2010.

Overall, the history is clear for its first and last owners but there are gaps between the two. We continue our research.

French Classic Cars Collection 1937-1951
Auction organised by Osenat at Retromobile Paris, on Feb. 3rd, 2024.
Sales details on www.osenat.com