Minichamps MIN107116130 1939 Delahaye Type 165 Cabriolet - NY World's Fair Chassis #60744 Deep Red with White Interior 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
The Delahaye Automobile Manufacturing Company was started by Emile Delahaye in 1894 in Tours, France. His first cars were belt-driven, with single or twin cylinder engines. In 1900, Delahaye left the firm and the renamed company, the Societe des Automobiles Delahaye, constructed a factory in Paris in 1901, where they continued to manufacture cars and trucks.
This Delahaye 165 Cabriolet features a 4.5-liter, triple overhead cam, aluminum, 12-cylinder engine with three downdraft Solex carburetors. Delahaye had no in-house coachworks, so all its chassis were custom-bodied by independent. This example wears coachwork of Figoni & Falaschi.
One of only two built, this V-12 Delahaye, with coachwork by Figoni & Falaschi, was chosen by the French Government to represent France at the 1939 New York World's Fair, where it caused a sensation. When World War II broke out, the car became stranded at U.S. customs in New York and it remained there for the next eight years. A Beverly Hills dealer acquired the car in 1947, re-sold it for the substantial sum of $12,000 and it was returned to New York. It was purchased by a private party in 1946 who installed a Cadillac V8 engine. The car was discovered in Fresno, California in 1981 and began an 8-year restoration which included remarrying it to its original V-12 engine.
Length: 12 inches
Width: 4 inches
Release Date: August 2013
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.