1949 Delahaye 175 S Cabriolet Dandy

1949 Delahaye 175 S Cabriolet Dandy Coachwork by Henri Chapron

The Delahaye automobile manufacturing company was started by Emile Delahaye in 1894, in Tours, France. In 1901, the Societe des Automobiles Delahaye constructed a factory in Paris, where they continued to manufacture automobiles and trucks. In 1908, the began producing four cylinder engines, in sizes of 1.4 and 2.1 liters, as well as a 2.6-liter V6. As well, they licensed their designs to manufactures in the United States and Germany. By the end of WWI, their major income was from their truck business.

In 1934 they introduced the 12cv automobile model, with a 2.15 liter four-cylinder engine, and the 18cv automobile model powered by a 3.2-liter six, both engines derived from their successful truck engines. In 1935 the introduction of the Coupes des Alpes and the model 135 automobiles brought success to their automotive business as well, while the truck business continued to thrive.

After concentrating on the production of trucks during WW II, Delahaye were quickly back to car production in 1946, and between 1946 and 1950, the Type 135 won several races such as the GP de Frontieres and the Comminges GP.

In 1947, new cars were factory-styled by Philippe Charbonneaux. The Type 175 featured a seven, instead of the traditional four, main-bearing engine; this being a big, 4.5 liter six-cylinder. A de Dion back axle was featured and this was the first Delahaye with left-hand drive. This example is one of only 10 cars built with the left-hand drive.

Descriptions & pictures by conceptcarz & bonhams

Production Start 1949
Country of origin France