Minichamps MIN107116160 1937 Delahaye Type 135-M Cabriolet - Two Tone Light and Dark Blue Coachwork by Figoni and Falaschi (1:18 Scale)
"For me, French automobiles of the 1920s and 1930s represent the pinnacle of 20th Century art and design - the artistic realization in steel, leather, and glass of a modern idea created at a moment when hand craftsmanship embraced the machine, and a spirit of optimism fueled an explosion in artistic and technical development. As an avid collector, the preservation of these rolling sculptures for the enjoyment and a pleasure. I relish the stewardship and preservation of their exciting histories."
- Peter W. Mullin, Mullin Automotive Museum
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.
Jourdes 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 dElegance. In 2006, the car underwent a final restoration with the guidance of Claude Figoni.
Length: 12 inches
Width: 4 inches
Release Date: May 2014
Historical Account: "Automotive Pioneers" - Emile Delahaye was born in Tours, France in 1843. He studied engineering in Angers, France. In 1869 he began work with his engineering degree in applied arts and crafts.
Emile Delahaye began business in Tours, France in the middle of the 19th century for the purpose of constructing engines for the ceramic industry. The company branched out and began constructing mechanical appliances such as pumps and engines. In 1888, Delahaye designed an internal combustion engine for the shipping industry. It was not until 1896 that Automobile production began for Delahaye. His first automobiles produced were powered by belt-driven single and twin cylinder engines.
Emile used motor racing to promote his vehicles. In 1896, Emile Delahaye entered the Paris-Marseilles race. Not only did he enter a vehicle his company had created, but he entered as the driver. The results were astounding, which truly speaks highly of the caliber and quality of the automobile. The demand for the vehicles began pouring-in and a second factory was opened.
Due to failing health, Delahaye was forced into retirement in 1901. This was a year after the second factory was opened in Paris. Since Delahaye had no heirs, management control was passed onto a young engineer named Charles Weiffenbach. Weiffenbach oversaw operations until 1954. In 1905, due to failing health, Emile Delahaye passed away.