1951 Delahaye Type 235 Saoutchik

The Delahaye 235 was the last attempt by Delahaye to produce a successful sports car after the war. This example has a unique Saoutchik body, first exhibited at the 1951 Paris Auto Show. With a 3.5-liter, 6-cylinder engine and a Cotal pre-selector gearbox the Delahaye 235 was a modernized descendant of Delahaye’s pre-war 135 with revised suspension. Far from cheap, it cost double the price of the rival Jaguar XK120 or about the same as a Bentley Mark VI. This car led a busy life in Europe, being shown at several concours, until 1964 when, with 80,382 kilometers on the clock, it was put away in a garage in France. During the last 45 years that car has been driven less than 100 kilometers; and it is complete and original in every respect.
The 235 was a modern vehicle introduced in 1951, just after the close of World War II. It was powered by a 3.5-liter six-cylinder engine capable of producing just over 150 horsepower and could reach speeds of 100 mph, or more. The 235 replaced the 135 and was Delahaye’s only model offered for sale during this time.

Delahaye produced the rolling chassis and left the creation of the bodies up to coachbuilders, such as Letourneur & Marchand, Chapron, Ghia, and Vanden Plas.