Minichamps MIN107116130 1937 Delahaye Type 145 Coupe - Pewter Medium Gray Carrosserie Henri Chapron (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 is the second of four cars on the Ecurie Bleue racing team that competed in 1938 and 1939. It was unfortunately out-classed by Mercedes and had few podium finishes. When war broke out, the Ecurie Bleu team sent the car to Fernand Lacour, Delahaye specialist and owner of the Wilson Garage in Levallois, who put it up for sale and it was bought by coachbuilder Henri Chapron who intended to create a grand touring coupe. The first interested buyer, a Mr.Duprie, put down a deposit and work started on the coachwork but was interrupted by the war. After the war, the client had disappeared and a Mr.Vanpoucque purchased the car in 1947. It was then sold again and ended up in the United States, owned by William Proctor. Bob Grier then bought it and removed the engine. It remained in this state until sold in1970 to Lew Gotthainer who restored the car to its original condition. It changed hands once more in 1972 when it was bought by Count Hubertus von Doenhoff. Peter Mullin added the Delahaye to his collection in 2004.
The car has a Type 145 racing chassis, with a V-12 Type 165, 4.5 liter motor with a single carburetor. The car developed 184 BHP at 4,000 RPM. The transmission is a Cotal 4 speed pre-selector with 4-wheel hydraulically-operated ventilated drums brakes. This car is owned by Peter Mullin and the Peter Mullin Automotive Museum Foundation.
Length: 10 inches
Width: 4 inches
Release Date: August 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.