1937 Delahaye Type 135-M Cabriolet
FORMERLY THE PROPERTY OF CASIMIR JOURDE, AND
PRINCE DE BERAE MUKARRAN JAH
THIS DELAHAYE was ordered by well-known explorer and businessman Casimir Jourde, a devotee of streamlined styling and a personal friend of Joseph Figoni. Painted red, it was one of eleven cars built in the Paris Auto Salon series between 1936 and 1939. Today, it is one of three surviving cars built on the standard wheelbase. In 1939, the car was shipped to Bombay, where Jourde had business interests and where his car created quite a stir.
Jourde’s sold his Delahaye to Prince de Berae Mukarran Jah soon after his arrival in Bombay. The Prince sold it many years later to an unknown party and the car fell from sight and into neglect. When discovered in 1982 it was sitting on wooden blocks in a garden shed in Jodhpur. An English dealer bought it in the mid-1980s and undertook its complete restoration. The original front end coachwork had been changed in India, where the flush-mounted headlights were removed and replaced by externally mounted lights. The English dealer did not realize that alterations had been made, so the car was mistakenly restored as found. The interior was also redone with the help of vintage photographs.
In 1989, following restoration, the car was shown at numerous concours and recognized with awards. Peter Mullin purchased this Delahaye after the 2002 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. In 2006, the car underwent a final restoration with the guidance of Claude Figoni.
Figoni & Falaschi Carrossiers
Chassis No. 49150
Production No. The 9th built in the Paris Salon series of 11 cars.
Engine No. 49150
Inline Six-Cylinder Engine
130 BHP At 4,000 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