Delahaye 135 S Compétition Court 1936 – Włochy

Laury Schell i Lucie O’Reilly Schell to małżeństwo, które pod auspicjami marki Delahaye stworzyło zespół wyścigowy „L’Ecurie Bleu”. Bronili oni honoru Francji w zawodach Grand Prix, będących w latach 30-tych najbardziej elitarnymi zawodami wyścigowymi na świecie. Ich główną broń stanowił specjalnie przygotowany, napędzany 4,5-litrowym silnikiem V12, Delahaye 135 S Compétition Court. Ten egzemplarz był jednym z sześciu sztuk 135 SC posiadanych przez zespół, i zaliczył występy na takich torach, jak Donington Park i Le Mans. W roku 1940 wóz zakończył karierę wyścigową i przeszedł w ręce, w których przetrwał przez kolejne 30 lat. Otrzymał w 1952 roku nową, bardziej praktyczną karoserię Hebmüller’a. Od lat 70-tych do 90-tych zmieniał właścicieli czterokrotnie, a ostatni inwestor zdecydował się przywrócić mu oryginalny, opływowy kształt wyścigowej karoserii z 1939 roku. Co ciekawe, udało mu się zdobyć również oryginalny silnik tej karoserii, który przez lata był od niej oddzielony. Dziś egzemplarz o tak wspaniałej historii to nie lada sensacja, wyceniona przez dom aukcyjny RM Sotheby’s na około 1-1,3 miliona euro (4,3-5,6 miliona złotych). Aukcja już 25 maja nad jeziorem Como we Włoszech.


1936 Delahaye 135 S Compétition Court in the style of Chappe Frères
€1.000.000 – €1.300.000
RM | Sotheby’s – VILLA ERBA 25 MAY 2019

Chassis No. 46810
Engine No. 46810

Fascinating period race history, including participation in the 1939 24 Hours of Le Mans
Benefitting from known ownership from new
Eligible for numerous vintage racing and concours events

This Delahaye 135 S Compétition Court, bearing chassis number 46810, was purchased in November 1935 by Lucy Schell, the Irish-American racecar driver. Mrs. Schell spent most of her life in France running “L’Ecurie Bleu” with her husband Laury during the second half of the 1930s. Chassis number 46810 was then subsequently sold to the Marseille driver René Carrière who kept the car as part of Schell’s L’Ecurie Bleu.

The Delahaye 135 S race cars made their first appearance at the 3 Hours of Marseille on the May 23, 1936. The car was also entered in the 1936 Le Mans 24 Hours, which was unfortunately cancelled due to strikes in France. It took part in the Comminges Grand Prix on August 9, 1936, amongst other races later that year, including at the Tourist-Trophy in Belfast and the Donington Grand Prix. Later, Delahaye’s management entrusted Laury and Lucy Schell to run manage their cars and racing team, with the factory’s technical assistance under the banner of L’Ecurie Bleu.

To compete in the 1936 racing season, the three cars officially entered by L’Ecurie Bleu were given the nickname „Blue Buzz”, because of their sky-blue color and the muffled sound of their engine which reminded them of a flying drone, with the subject car being known as „Blue Buzz II”. At the beginning of the 1939 season, Joseph Paul created L’Ecurie Francia and had three 135 S rebodied by the Chappes Frères, with notably more aerodynamic front panels, which included this car.

Eugène Chaboud would be the last owner to race the Delahaye in period prior to the outbreak of WWII in 1939, and he competed at a number of locations including Pau, Montlhéry, and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. In October of 1940, Chaboud sold the car to a Monsieur Grivillet, who owned the car for an incredible thirty years, selling it in 1970. During Grivillet’s ownership, the car was rebodied by Carrosserie Hebmüller in 1952. Passing to Jacques Vincent in 1973, the car was exported to Belgium where it remained with two subsequent owners, the second being Martin Braquet-Arens, who kept the car from 1979-1991. Sold to an owner in the Netherlands in 1991, it was returned to its native France several years later when purchased by the consignor, a collector of rare Delahayes. A new body was created by Carrosserie Bonnefoy with aluminum coachwork identical to the car’s lost 1939 body through studying numerous period photos.

Furthermore, the car is noted to retain its original engine, exceptionally rare for a racing car of this era. The engine had been removed for the car for some time but was eventually reunited with its original chassis. It is accompanied by a large history file which includes numerous period photos. The current owner states that this car wants for nothing and only asks to be driven on great racetracks. It remains eligible for many significant concours and vintage racing events and would be a thrilling addition to any collection.