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Chapron Delahaye 175S Cabriolet 1948 #815014
Chapron Delahaye 175S Cabriolet 1948 #815014
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Chapron Delahaye 175S Cabriolet 1948 #815014

When Delahaye returned to automobile manufacture following World War II, it re-introduced the pre-war Type 135, a 3557cc 6-cylinder model offered in three states of tune. It was joined by the larger-engined Type 175, which in addition to a 4,453cc inline 6-cylinder engine also boasted hydraulic brakes, a deDion rear axle and an available electric Cotal gearbox.

It is believed that between 46 and 50 175 chassis were built from 1947 to 1950. It was important for all European manufacturers to look to the rich and stable US market after the war for a clientele who had suffered little of the privation of the conflict and were able to spend considerable sums on beautiful, fast cars. As such, ten of the production were built in left hand drive specifically with an eye on the American market. Each of these cars were made-to-order by French coachbuilders and had individual details in design.

Chassis #815014 was ordered by Henri Chapron himself for the 1948 'Salon de l'Automobile de Paris'. This car was part of the Roger Baillon collection.




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