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1948 Delahaye 135M Saoutchik Cabriolet

This Delahaye 135M, a touring Cabriolet, was built by one of the great coachbuilders, Jacques Saoutchik, in May 1948. The Delahaye features an unusual three-position Landau folding top, allowing a middle position (only the rear seats covered), and rear-hinged 'suicide' doors that incorporate the sweeping fender line. The 135 model was introduced at the Paris Salon in 1935 elevating Delahaye to the ranks of the great French marques of the 1930s and 1940s, along with Bugatti, Delage, Voisin and Talbot. The 135 featured a low-slung chassis for excellent handling coupled to a powerful and responsive engine. Preferred by the finest coachbuilders, this model was used to create some of the most stylish and remarkable streamlined coachwork ever built.

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