A one-off 1935 Delahaye 135M Competition Drophead Coupe with coachwork by Figoni will be offered at Worldwide Auctioneers’ Scottsdale Auction on January 26. One of only four 4 Delahayes built by Figoni in 1935, this car, which debuted at the ’35 Paris Motor Show, is the only known survivor.
The gorgeous machine was well-documented before Delahaye historians lost track of its whereabouts. Recently, the car, depicted in the Delahaye Figoni book by Jean-Paul Tissot, became the source of an intense five-year research effort, helmed by its owner Sally Perkins, and undertaken by many of the greatest living Delahaye historians and experts in France.
The car — the first Delahaye featuring Figoni’s patented disappearing top — was then recipient of a thorough and painstakingly correct restoration by Monsieur Bonnefoy, one of the most trusted Delahaye specialists in France. A faithful testament to accuracy, detail and quality of the restoration, it was certified by Club Delahaye of France and was exhibited at the 2016 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
For Delahaye and Figoni enthusiasts alike, it doesn’t get more exciting than this splendid and important piece of automobile history.
For more information on this car and Worldwide’s Jan. 26 Scottsdale Auction, click HERE.