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Chapron Delahaye 235MS Cabriolet 1951-1953
Chapron Delahaye 235MS Cabriolet 1951-1953
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The Type 235 would be the final car offered by Delahaye. As had been the custom, Delahaye constructed the chassis and referred all custom bodywork to its various coachbuilders. Although the chassis was very similar to that of the 135, it was modified to accommodate the full-width body styles typical of the 1950s. A large oval grille and two-tone color schemes further defined the new Delahaye. While the prototype was designed by Philippe Charbonneaux for Motto of Turin, the final iteration of the car was designated Type 235, of which only 85 examples were ever produced.

The powerplant was likewise very similar to the 135s, although the 3.5-liter six-cylinder engine had greater compression and was fitted with three downdraft carburetors and a new camshaft. A single-carburetor model was still available. With a top speed of approximately 115 miles per hour and zero to 60 times of 11.5 seconds, the 235's performance rivaled that of the previous 4.5-liter models, and its handling abilities and driving manners were very respectable as well. The inline six-cylinder was mated to a synchronized four-speed manual transmission or an optional four-speed electro-magnetic, pre-selector Cotal gearbox, which eliminated the use of the clutch once the car was in motion.

Of the 85 235s produced by Delahaye, many were bodied by the well-respected Chapron coachworks. 



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