Feb. 16th 2012 – Car of the day – 5
1948 DELAHAYE 148 L SEDAN, UNRESTORED ORIGINAL EXAMPLE IN TIME-WARP CONDITION
VIN # 801324
3.6 Litre OHC
12-Volt Electrical System
Body by Letourneur and Marchand
This 1948 Delahaye 148 is an example of the last (and arguably one of the most advanced) years of the Delahaye 148 model run and represents a bygone era of Delahaye automobiles that will never be seen again
The condition of this car is highly original and very well preserved. The car shows very few signs of age and shows only 58,683 original kilometers on the odometer! I believe I am the fourth owner from new.
The new owner of this Delahaye will have the opportunity to show the car at all C.C.C.A. (Classic Car Club of America) events, since it is a fully recognized Classic Car under their rules. If is also a perfect touring car and eligible for all driving events including C.C.C.A. Caravans, the California Mille and the Colorado Grand.
This car was also invited to and shown at the prestigious Pebble Beach Concours D’Elegance in 2008 as part of the Preservation Class and completed the required 50 mile Road Tour before the show.
This Delahaye still wears its original factory applied black paint. All of the body panels are ripple, dent, and rust free and have never had any sort of body or accident damage.
The paint is in good overall condition and retains its original shine, obviously the result of the car being garage kept all of its life. There is very little checking, fading, or cracking evident in the finish.
The glass and seals are in fair condition and there are no leaks evident.
The interior is trimmed in the original tan cloth. The seating areas are in very nice original condition, as are the door panels, dashboard, and console. The carpet is also in very nice original condition.
All of the accessories including the radio are in perfect working order. The dashboard includes a speedometer and tachometer as well as a radio, fuel gauge, ammeter, and oil pressure and water temperature gauges.
All of the windows as well as the door locks work. The trunk area appears well preserved, the trunk carpet is in fair condition with no missing pieces, and the spare tire, wheel, and leather strap that holds it all in place are all present.
The underside of the car is commensurate with a 58,000 kilometer car. It is rust-free and very well preserved.
The engine bay is completely original, with all components in operational condition. Every detail of the engine compartment is well preserved. There is some minor wear to certain painted surfaces due to age, but overall, it is very presentable.
TIRES AND WHEELS:
The tires are new Dunlop F4T blackwalls and were installed last year. They and are the correct and original style and size.
The wire wheels are in very nice original condition and are painted a flat silver, with very minimal wear evident. All of the knock-off hubs are also in original condition with only minor wear evident.
OVERALL DRIVING IMPRESSIONS:
This Delahaye runs and drives as any 58,000 kilometer car should – It’s barely broken in! The 4-Liter Straight-6 powerplant runs and accelerates smoothly and very quickly and the Cotel Pre-Selector transmission shifts as it should.
The car drives around town and on the open road with no trouble. It has had all of the necessary service recently performed including oil change, tune up, installation of new battery, and transmission and differential service, and needs absolutely NOTHING to drive, show, and enjoy. All of the mechanical aspects of the car work as they should.
This 1948 Delahaye still retains all of its original components! This means the engine, transmission, rear end, etc. are original to the car. All of the numbers, markings, etc., are correct. It is an original and very special car that, as evidenced by the low mileage, has been driven very sparingly during the last 61 years…
This 1948 Delahaye 148 is the most rust-free, unmolested, and original example I have in existence! If you’ve never driven a Delahaye of this period, you are in for a treat with this one!
TERMS: PLEASE NOTE THIS CAR IS SOLD WITH A CLEAR ILLINOIS TITLE. $1,000.00 DEPOSIT WITHIN 48 HOURS OF AUCTION CLOSE. BALANCE OF AUCTION AMOUNT MUST BE PAID BY CASH IN PERSON, BANK TO BANK TRANSFER, OR CERTIFIED FUNDS (WITH VERIFICATION) ONLY WITHIN 7 DAYS OF AUCTION CLOSE. SORRY, NO C.O.D. AND NO PAYPAL. ALTHOUGH THIS DELAHAYE IS IN AMAZING CONDITION FOR ITS AGE, IT IS STILL A 64 YEAR OLD VEHICLE AND AS SUCH, THE VEHICLE IS SOLD “AS IS, WHERE IS” WITH NO WARRANTY EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED.
If you have any questions, please contact me. If you live close to Chicago, I encourage you to come and inspect the bike in person.
In an effort to protect the eBay user information and to help ensure the authenticity of correspondence between sellers and bidders, eBay’s new listing format does NOT display any bidder information. Nevertheless, I STRONGLY encourage bidders to contact me directly to answer questions or to verify correspondence. Seller reserves the right to not accept bids or sell the vehicle to anyone with a zero or negative eBay feedback rating.
Please do not waste my time or yours bidding on an item you do not intend to pay for. If you bid on this car and win, you are expected to pay for the car and pick it up in a timely manner! If you are an international buyer, I understand it can take some time to arrange shipping, so I do not mind keeping the it for a longer period of time until pick up.
I can also arrange shipment on my end for a nominal extra charge. Please contact me before the sale ends, if possible, to discuss the specifics.
For more on the 1948 Delahaye, read on…
The Delahaye automobile manufacturing company was started by Emile Delahaye in 1894, in Tours, France. His first cars were belt-driven, with single or twin cylinder engines. In 1900, Delahaye left the company.
In 1901, the Société des Automobiles Delahaye constructed a factory in Paris, where they continued to manufacture cars and trucks. In 1908, they began producing four cylinder engines, in sizes of 1.5 and 2.1 litres, as well as a 2.6 litre V6. They also licensed their designs to manufacturers in the United States and Germany. By the end of World War I, their major income was from their truck business.
In 1934 they introduced a 12cv car, with a 2.15 litre four cylinder engine, and an 18cv car powered by a 3.2 litre six — both engines derived from their successful truck engines. In 1935 the introduction of the Coupé des Alpes car model and the Model 135 car brought success to their car business as well, while the truck business also continued to thrive.
Delahayes of this period are recognized to be some of the most beautiful automobiles ever built. Some of the great coach-builders who provided bodies for Delahayes include Figoni et Falaschi, Chapron, and Letourneur et Marchand.
As was customary for car manufacturers in this period, Delahaye also tried its hand in racing in the middle of the 1930s after the American heiress Lucy O’Reilly Schell approached the company with an offer to pay the development costs to build cars to her specifications for rally racing. In 1937, René Le Bègue and Julio Quinlin won the Monte Carlo Rally driving a Delahaye. This was the time when the German Nazi party, in an attempt to establish dominance for their party, nation, and philosophy, nationalized the Mercedes-Benz and Auto Union racing teams and spared no expense to create some of the most advanced competition cars ever, whose raw speed was to be unequalled for the next 50 years.
Against this juggernaut, Delahaye brought out the Model 145, the so called “Million Franc Delahaye” after its victory in the Million Franc Race; it was driven by René Dreyfus to victory at Pau in 1938, doubly humiliating the Nazis since a Jewish driver in a French car beat their vaunted, state of the art, Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrows. This competition victory combined with French patriotism to create a wave of demand for Delahaye cars, up until the German occupation of France during World War II.
In early 1940, over 100 cars of the 134, 175, and 168 (Renault-bodied) types were built for the French government. Private sales effectively ceased around June, but small numbers of cars continued to be built for the occupying forces until at least 1942.
After World War II, in late 1945, production of the 135 was resumed, and the 4.5 litre model 175 was introduced in 1948. Sales slowed, however, and the last new model, a 3.5 litre Jeep-like vehicle known as VLRD (Véhicule Léger de Reconnaissance Delahaye), was released in 1951. In 1954, Delahaye was taken over by Hotchkiss, who shut down car production and, after producing trucks with the Hotchkiss-Delahaye nameplate for a few more months, dropped the Delahaye name altogether.
In the decades after the war, a number of other French luxury car marques disappeared, like Delahaye, due to the heavy French taxes on luxury vehicles at that time.
Value: (SCM) $150,000 – 300,000
Comment: Fantastic advert, this could be the cheapest event car around, and will always have the interesting story of being a L & M bodied Delahaye, I say risk free purchase.
2/3/12 Update – Car didnt sell – Reserve not met – HIGH BID $63,000