1936 Delahaye Type 135 CS Grand Prix
FORMERLY THE PROPERTY OF HENRI TOULOUSE,
1936 GRAND PRIX OF MARSEILLES AND
1938 24-HOURS OF LE MANS WINNER
IN 1936 DELAHAYE PRODUCED twenty-five low chassis that it badged Type 135-S (surbaissé) including an estimated fourteen short chassis Type 135-CS (Compétition Spécials), of which this is one. Privateer Henri Toulouse ordered this car to compete in the 1936 Season, winning the Grand Prix de Marseilles and finishing 2nd at the French Grand Prix before crashing badly at the Grand Prix de la Marne. Next owner Eugène Chaboud raced the car at the 1937 Tunisia and Bône Grands Prix, and with Jean Trémoulet achieved notable success in the ACF, Marne and Antwerp Grands Prix. In 1938 this car (shown below) was driven to outright victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Unfortunately, just 3 weeks later Trémoulet crashed 47190 at the 24 Heures de Spa-Francorchamps. Although the driver received only minor injuries, the car was significantly damaged.
John Snow of Australia purchased 47190 in late 1938, had it restored, and competed at Brooklands and Le Mans. In 1939 it was shipped to Australia where, under various ownership, it competed at the Bathurst Road Race, and the Grand Prix of Australia - on multiple occassions - over the next decade. The car was later damaged in a truck fire and changed hands several times before being purchased by Ian Polson, a British car collector who carefully restored it to original configuration in 1968. Polson sold the Delahaye in 1994 to John Ruston. Peter Mullin purchased 47190 in 1999 and has enjoyed piloting it at numerous vintage racing events.
Chassis No. 47190
Production No. One of 14 Built
Engine No. 103492B84
Inline Six-Cylinder Engine
160 BHP At 4,300 RPM
4-Speed Cotal Pre-Selector Gearbox
Independent Front, Transverse Leaf Spring with Upper Control Arms and Lever Action Shock Absorbers.
Live Rear Axle with Semi-Elliptical Leaf Springs and Lever Action Shock Absorbers
4-Wheel Cable-Operated Drum Brakes