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1948 Delahaye 135M Cabriolet by Pennock
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$220,000.00 None Auction Results
Description: 1948 Delahaye 135M Cabriolet by Pennock
RM Auctions
Automobiles of Amelia Island Collector Car Auction
Amelia Island, Florida
March 13, 2009
AUCTION RESULTS: Lot 139 - Sold at a price of $220,000

115 bhp, 3,557 cc overhead valve inline six-cylinder engine, Cotal four-speed electric preselector gearbox, independent transverse leaf spring front suspension, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs and four-wheel cable-operated mechanical drum brakes. Wheelbase: 116.1"

Launched at the 1935 Paris Salon, the Type 135 would prove to be Delahaye's mainstay for the rest of its lifetime. Historian David Burgess-Wise describes it as "the keystone of the survival plan which Delahaye, one of France's oldest car manufacturers, had drawn up to cope with the crisis-hit Thirties." In fact, it survived into the Forties and Fifties.

The 135 featured a new chassis, designed by engineer Jean-François, with welded box-section side members and pressed cross members welded to a ribbed floor. The engine was a 3,557 cc ohv six, as used in the earlier Type 138, from which the transverse leaf spring independent front suspension was also carried over. Delahaye had no coachworks, so bodies typically came from the likes of Franay, Figoni et Falaschi, Saoutchik or Pennock.

Established in 1898, Carrosserieefabriek P.J. Pennock & Zonen became one of the largest coachbuilders in the Netherlands. The firm built both bespoke bodies for individual clients and series-built styles like convertibles, often on higher-priced chassis from the USA. After World War II, the Dutch government encouraged coachbuilding for export, and a number of prestige chassis, especially Delahayes, were imported for that purpose.

Delivered new to the United States, this Pennock-bodied cabriolet was re-sold to Mr. Dale McCauley of Grosse Pointe, Michigan in 1952. It remained in his possession until 1997, when it was sold to a prominent Midwest collector, who had D&D Restorations of Covington, Ohio carry out a show-quality cosmetic and mechanical restoration. It changed hands again in 2002, after which it was entrusted to the Alan Taylor Company of Escondido, California for a mechanical and cosmetic refinement. A new convertible top and headliner were installed, and all the interior woodwork was refinished. Suspension, brakes, steering and electrical systems were thoroughly refurbished, as the owner was an enthusiastic participant in driving events. Seat belts were fitted at this time.

The car successfully completed the Pebble Beach Tour d'Elegance in 2003, followed by display at that year's Concours d'Elegance, receiving a second-in-class against some very stiff competition. It subsequently placed well at the 2003 Palos Verdes Concours. Mosier Restorations gave the car a complete service and tune-up in 2006, including new batteries, exhaust system and a rebuilt starter.

The paint, in dark green and tan, is excellent, with no flaws, scratches or chips readily visible. It harmonizes with matching tan leather on seats and doors, accented by green piping. The top is done in matching tan canvas. The driver's seat is just slightly worn from use, while the interior wood, on dash and doors, is excellent. The banjo-style steering wheel is very attractive.

Panel fits are very good, the large stone guards on the rear fenders are devoid of dings or markings, and all chrome is very good. Blackwall tires are mounted on green-painted wire wheels, and the car is fitted with Marchal driving lights.

The engine is generally clean and the undercarriage is sanitary, but not necessarily concours quality. A car cover is included as well. The coachwork is lovely, and the car would require little effort to be returned to the show field.
Keywords: 1948 Delahaye 135M Cabriolet by Pennock


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