Delahaye 235 MS 2/4 Seat Coupé, 1952, by Chapron. Designed by Philippe Charbonneaux, Chapron made two of these 2+2 versions. The car pictured, chassis number 7008, was exhibited on Delahaye’s stand at the 1952 Paris Motor Show, offered at a price of 3,800,000 francs. It sold at auction in February 2016 for €298,000
When this car premiered at the 1938 Paris auto show, it stunned crowds with it’s sleek looks and powerful 100mph top speed. This version, manufactured in 1947 was custom ordered at a time when the elite has cars built for them by designers. This one was fitted with custom bodywork, paint, interior, and the frog hood ornament. Originally shipped as a convertible, the designer, in this case Langenthal, added a hardtop after the owner complained of noise and visibility. Then the owner said the top was too heavy, so Langenthal had it permanently fixed to the car. Truly unique customer service that is not available today.
Delahaye 235 MS Coupé, 1953. The 235 was the last car Delahaye produced before they were taken over by Hotchkiss who shut down Delahaye car production. Of the 84 235 Coupés made only 2 used this design by Saoutchik, they were coachbuilt by Chapron