Delahaye 135 Competition
Disappearing Top Convertible
This Delahaye 135 Competition Convertible has been authenticated by Club Delahaye France, and Figoni records, as the original body (Figoni # 581) and chassis
(Delahaye # 46864) with all pertinent numbers on the car matching the original Figoni and Delahaye records.
The Competition Engine
The car is powered by a 3.5 liter (3557cc) overhead valve,
120 horsepower, inline six-cylinder Delahaye engine, foundry-marked T35
(built in 1935). It is coupled to a 4-speed manual competition transmission with
synchromesh on the top three gears. This car was ordered with the
competition engine version, with triple downdraft Solex
40PAI carburetors, a higher-compression cylinder head, an oil
cooler, and two fuel fillers in the trunk.
The engine and 4-speed competition gearbox are
positioned low in the chassis, thus contributing to the benefits of a better-balanced vehicle.
The Long-Wheelbase Competition Chassis
The Delahaye Type 135 Competition
long-wheelbase chassis was a factory competition special, ordered by Monsieur
Wolf to satisfy his dual purpose street and track requirements. At Delahaye, the
competition engine was placed into the
Type 135 Competition chassis, a durable advanced design for its time, proved in the
coming years at races like the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
In the front, you'll find an independent suspension using transverse leaf springs as the lower control
arm (see photo above). Powerful brakes and 17" Rudge-Whitworth
chromed wire wheels with 5,60 x 6,00 Michelin tires were fitted. The wheelbase is 116 inches, front track is 54 7/8 inches, and rear track is 58 3/4 inches.
The exhaust line and muffler are correct.
special competition components include:
» Hand brake on right side, competition
» Aluminum clutch housing
» Semi-circular radiator tank, competition
» Front and rear suspension RAX /friction
shocks perpendicular to frame, competition style
» Single plate firewall, correct for competition
» Rear axle final drive ratio 12 x 41, correct for competition
» Compression ratio of 7.58 to 1 is
Streamlined Disappearing Top
When Joseph Figoni took delivery of Wolf's rolling chassis from the Delahaye factory, he set out to make the most streamlined body possible.
He wanted the convertible top to be lowered within the body. Today, we take this
complex process for granted. But back then, Figoni, a streamlining
pioneer, had to invent a very effective disappearing top for this car. The folding mechanism is described in French Patent 795.769,
«Perfectionnements aux véhicules décapotables», applied for October 1, 1935 and issued January 13, 1936, just preceding the construction of this car.
The Type 135 Competition would be successful on nearly every venue in which it competed. It earned victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Monte-Carlo
Rallye, the Paris-Saint-Raphael race, several Grand Prix races, and many other events both before and after WWII. In 1937, a year after this long-wheelbase 135 Competition was delivered to Monsieur
Wolf, similar Type 135 Competitions won the Monte Carlo Rallye, and placed first and second at Le Mans.
And our car, so beautiful at Concours showings, is an integral part of that championship
heritage, itself placing 6th in the 1949 Monte Carlo Rallye. We have a photo with Guy Mairesse and Paul Vallée as the racing team, kindly supplied by Claude Figoni, Joseph’s son. Mairesse and Vallée campaigned the car for Wolf,
per Club Delahaye France.
Classic Car Club of America
Senior Premier Winner
First, 100 Points Every Showing