Delahaye 135MS Figoni et Falaschi Narval Cabriolet 1947 – USA

Firm karosujących samochody było wiele, ale miano legendarnych przysługuje jedynie nielicznym. Figoni et Falaschi to francuska firma założona przez Włocha Giuseppe Figoniego i Francuza Ovidio Falaschi. Przy takiej stylistyce, nawet marka podwozia staje się drugorzędna, choć tu baza jest wyśmienita. Niektórzy entuzjaści uważają Delahaye 135M za jeden z najwspanialszych samochodów, jakie kiedykolwiek wyprodukowano. Jednym z najbardziej ekstrawaganckich projektów Figoni et Falaschi był Narval zbudowany na podwoziu Delahaye 135M i zaprezentowany podczas paryskiego Salonu w 1946 roku. Został nazwany Narval ze względu na jego linię nadwozia przypominającą walenia. Wystawione na aukcji Delahaye 135MS o numerze podwozia 800495 jest jednym z siedmiu kabrioletów zabudowanych tym ekstrawaganckiem i artystycznym nadwoziem. To właśnie ten okaz został wybrany do prezentacji na stoisku podczas L’Automobile de Paris w 1947 roku. Jego pierwszym właścicielem był legendarny francuski piosenkarz i autor tekstów Charles Trenet. Podwozie to 116-calowy rozstaw osi, niezależne przednie zawieszenie i sztywna tylna oś z resorami. Jego hamulce Bendix i 17-calowe koła szprychowe były standardem. Silnik o mocy 125 KM to rzędowa, 6-cylindrowa jednostka o pojemności 3,6 l, z trzema gaźnikami firmy Solex. Moc jest przekazywana na tylną oś przez 4-biegową skrzynię Cotal z preselektorem zmiany biegów na kolumnie kierownicy. Delahaye 135MS z łatwością osiąga prędkość 100 mil na godzinę. Specjalna tabliczka „Charles Trenet La Carriere Antiles” zamontowana na desce rozdzielczej to już tylko wisienka na torcie tego okazu. Auto jest oferowane jako część Mecum Gallery Exposition, którą w 2021 roku Dana Mecum zdecydował się wystawić na aukcję podczas swojej największej dorocznej imprezy Kissimmee 2021.

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LOT MG6 KISSIMMEE 2021 JAN 7-16
1947 DELAHAYE 135MS FIGONI ET FALASCHI NARVAL CABRIOLET
1947 Paris Salon, Originally Owned by Charles Trenet

HIGHLIGHTS
Chassis no. 800495
1 of 7 Delahaye 135 Narvals built
1947 Paris Auto Salon car
Originally owned by legendary French singer-songwriter Charles Trenet
Flamboyant and artistic Figoni et Falaschi coachwork
Meticulous show winning quality restoration
135MS (Modified Special) model
3.6L inline 6-cylinder engine
Triple Solex Carburetors
4-Speed Cotal Preselector transmission
Charles Trenet La Carriere Antibes dash plaque

This vehicle will be offered as part of the Mecum Gallery Exposition—an exposition sale that will be held separate from, but in conjunction with, Mecum Kissimmee 2021. The vehicle will be on-site at the Kissimmee auction for inspection and purchase for the duration of the event, January 7-16 and purchase arrangements can be made directly with on-site representatives of the Mecum Gallery Exposition, by contacting Dana Mecum directly or Mecum representative Rob Williams by phone or text at (262) 236-7705 or by email at rwilliams@mecum.com. A 10% buyer premium applies.

There are a few coachbuilders whose art and workmanship is immediately identifiable but none as obvious and flamboyant as that of the Paris firm of Giuseppe Figoni et Ovidio Falaschi. When a true classic car enthusiast sees a Figoni et Falaschi body, the coachbuilder’s iconic styling becomes evident and the make of the chassis becomes secondary. The flowing lines create a feeling of speed and freedom. Figoni et Falaschi continued to build its elegant creations from the 1930s through the 1950s.

Although Figoni created impressive designs for a number of important European chassis, some of the most memorable were on the French-built Delahaye. The most interesting and advanced custom bodies appeared on the 6-cylinder Delahaye 135M and MS, built from 1935 to 1954. Some enthusiasts consider the Delahaye 135M one of the most beautiful automobiles ever made, and the Figoni and Falaschi designs are an important basis of that idea. One of the most flamboyant Figoni et Falaschi designs was the Narval, or “Narwhal,” built on the Delahaye 135M chassis and introduced at the 1946 Salon de Paris. It was named Narval for its prominent front treatment, like a narwhal or perhaps a Beluga Whale, named—in French—for the Arctic sea creature it resembles. The graceful lines of the hood, center section and trunk evoke the shape of the narwhal’s body, and the car’s protruding nose clearly references the unicorn-like tusk that distinguishes the male members of the species.

Delahaye 135MS Chassis No. 800495 was one of seven built with an example of the flamboyant and artistic Figoni et Falaschi Narval Cabriolet and was selected to be shown at the 1947 Salon de L’Automobile de Paris. Its first owner was the legendary French singer-songwriter Charles Trenet (1913-2001). The 135MS chassis has a 116-inch wheelbase and uses independent front suspension and a live rear axle with parallel semi-elliptic springs. Its cable-operated Bendix brakes and the 17-inch Rudge center-lock wire-spoke wheels with black sidewall tires were standard. The engine is a 3.6L inline 6-cylinder with overhead valves and three French Solex downdraft carburetors producing 125 HP. Power is connected to the rear axle by a unique Cotal 4-speed transmission with a preselector shift mechanism at the steering column. The construction and operation of the shifter is similar to that of the 1936-37 Cord 810-812. The 135MS is easily capable of 100 MPH speed.

The Giuseppe Figoni-designed body features unique, chrome, curved side accents on each side of the hood. The chrome-plated front and rear bumpers are designed with artistically curved tubular bars. Full skirts envelope the front and rear wheel openings, creating a smooth aerodynamic styling cue, while its convertible top finishes off the exterior appearance theme.

The interior trim of 800495 is finished with individual pleated seats accented on the floor, with the rear-hinged doors trimmed in leather. The instrument panel is equipped with two large round gauges on either side of the center, including a tachometer and a row of small rectangular gauges to the right. A dash-mounted clock was included with the instrumentation. The right-hand drive steering wheel is made of a hard plastic with distinctive finger grooves around its perimeter and three chrome-plated banjo-type spokes. A special Charles Trenet La Carriere Antiles plaque mounted on the dash rounds out this 1947 Delahaye 135 MS, a highly desirable car with Parisian coachwork and celebrity provenance.