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Delahaye 135 M Three Position Drophead Coupe By Pennock '49

€ 198.950€ 179.950

Reference ch0951
Make Delahaye
Model 135 M Three Position Drophead Coupe By Pennock '49
Type cabrio
Construction year 1949
KM 43368
Cilinder displacement 3557
Gears manual
Steering right hand drive
Price € 179.950
  • Coachwork done by Pennock in the Netherlands, car itself was built in France
  • Comes with Delahaye’s certificates and documents, also some maintenance bills
  • Engine entirely and meticulously overhauled in 2022; in mint condition
  • Stunning in every way

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History behind this very car

This Delahaye 135M was built in France, and the bodywork was crafted in the Netherlands by the revered Pennock. An American, named D. Cameron Peck, was the first owner in 1949. In 1950, the car was displayed at 'The World's Fair' in Toronto, Canada. In 1987, three decades later, it was auctioned in Monaco by Sotheby's, selling for £48,400. In 1998, it was offered for sale by Dragone Classic Motorcars in the USA and ended up in the famous 'Rosso Bianco Collection' of Peter Kaus. In 2006, it was sold to the equally famous Dutch collector Evert Louwman, who sold it to the current owner, the seller in this case, in 2022. The current owner is deeply in love with the car and has decided to have a complete engine rebuild. He drove it in a major rally but feels that due to his advanced age, it is time to part with it.

Delahaye 135

The Delahaye 135 can rightly be called 'unique,' but that would be an understatement. It was built from 1935 to 1954 and though survived a world war. The 135 achieved what seemed impossible: it revitalized the automotive sector, especially in Western Europe, after a world war—a remarkable feat, to say the least. Despite the economic decline, this French luxury car boasted some nice features, such as the optional pre-selector Cotal gearbox.

In 1935, Delahaye decided to build sportier cars, at least sportier to the standards of the 1930s. This set off a revolution of sorts: automobiles were becoming more like what we now call cars, and the gadgets used leaned more towards what we can call mechanical ingenuity. The embodiment of that revolution for Delahaye was the 135, which had already undergone its ultimate circuit test in the famous Alpine Rally. Miraculously, the 135 won the rally, obtaining the resounding nickname 'Coupe des Alpes.'

For the interwar period, the 135 featured an impressive engine. A 3.2-liter straight-six engine was ‘unheard of’. The power output ranging from 95 to 110 horsepower was noteworthy as well, breaking circuit records and achieving victories, also at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The Delahaye 135 has written an epic story that few can match. Its design is almost mesmerizing, and the driving experience takes the whole to another level.

Delahaye 135M

Because even 'the best' was never enough for Delahaye, in 1936 they chose to introduce an even sportier variant called the '135M’. The engine displacement was upgraded, and customers had the option to equip the 3.6-liter engine with one, two, or three carburetors, producing correspondingly more power.

When purchasing a 135, the bodywork was not included and was often manufactured in the country of import or sale. Depending on the coachbuilder, the value of a 135 is also estimated. In any case, the Delahaye 135 is a car with a story that captivates many collectors. They were built in limited quantities, which is highly advantageous for their value.

Technical information:

Body work

  • Length (cm): 480 (189 inch)
  • Width (cm): 149 (59 inch)
  • Height (cm): 151 (59 inch)
  • Wheelbase (cm): 292 (115 inch)
  • Weight (kg): 1557 (3433 lbs)


  • Engine: straight-six 3557 cc front-engine
  • Valve gear: 12
  • Fuel system: 3 Solex carburettors
  • Gear box: 4-speed manual
  • Transmission: RWD
  • Right-steered
  • power: 115 hp (86 kW) at 3850 t/m
  • torque: 235 Nm at 2200 t/m

Top speed: 140 km/h (87 mph)

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