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NOT MINE: 1939 Delahaye 135M Cabriolet

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Now, let's discuss this photo of what is close, but not the same car -  car for sale has different wheels, different landau irons, different belt trim - double wide, possibly different lower door sill treatment, and different skirt trim, plus the for sale car seems to have more "tail". 

 

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And, appears to carry a different chassis number than the photo too.

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7 minutes ago, John_Mereness said:

 

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Now, let's discuss this photo of what is close, but not the same car -  car for sale has different wheels, different landau irons, different belt trim - double wide, possibly different lower door sill treatment, and different skirt trim, plus the for sale car seems to have more "tail".

 

 

This is the other L&M car which is a sister but not identical.  You have pointed out the obvious differences,   subject car has more chrome trim too.

 

I talked to Seller yesterday who seems like a reasonable fellow.  Not a prewar guy but car guy.   He's helping his friend sell the car and will affably answer any questions.    Body is steel,  with aluminum doors and hoods.

 

Not a 3 carb car which hurts.   He states wood is remarkably solid.

 

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1 minute ago, alsancle said:

 

Not a 3 carb car which hurts.   He states wood is remarkably solid.

 

Not a competition model - yes I noticed right away.   

 

As to wood, hard to say - I would still lean via the seats that when it went into the trailer it was a pretty respectable car - and then it sweated for years and years. 

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10 minutes ago, alsancle said:

 

This is the other L&M car which is a sister but not identical.  You have pointed out the obvious differences,   subject car has more chrome trim too.

 

I talked to Seller yesterday who seems like a reasonable fellow.  Not a prewar guy but car guy.   He's helping his friend sell the car and will affably answer any questions.    Body is steel,  with aluminum doors and hoods.

 

Not a 3 carb car which hurts.   He states wood is remarkably solid.

 

 

 

The subject car has better lines......I agree. L&M usually built nice stuff compared to many of the others. I purchased a factory triple carb set up for one of these at Hershey four years ago. It's still sitting on the shelf. I was guessing what it was off of when I saw it.........one of my better finds the last ten years at the fall meet. If the car is really solid, and has good wood,  its a better project than it looks like in the photos......than there is a much better chance of someone taking on the project. ......the last one of these that I know of done as a resurrection was about 8 years ago, but generally I don't follow this particular marque.

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2 hours ago, edinmass said:

 

 

The subject car has better lines......I agree. L&M usually built nice stuff compared to many of the others. I purchased a factory triple carb set up for one of these at Hershey four years ago. It's still sitting on the shelf. I was guessing what it was off of when I saw it.........one of my better finds the last ten years at the fall meet. If the car is really solid, and has good wood,  its a better project than it looks like in the photos......than there is a much better chance of someone taking on the project. ......the last one of these that I know of done as a resurrection was about 8 years ago, but generally I don't follow this particular marque.

As a sidenote:  Without a build sheet and knowing the in's and out's of the marque, you never know if a 3 carb model originally (with its look it is hard to believe they opted for bare bones) - I consider them the good looking Buick's of France and my guess was 3 carbs were more than many mechanics could handle with a fair number quickly loosing their 3 carbs for something more simple (albeit I certainly could be very wrong about that, especially since still a relatively rare drivetrain any way about it compounded by WWII that made really any work on it difficult). 

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Dear Sir  Have you more photos of the car and how bad is the rust. please email particulars to robert-smith02@bigpond.com

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On 5/22/2020 at 6:04 PM, robert smith said:

Dear Sir  Have you more photos of the car and how bad is the rust. please email particulars to robert-smith02@bigpond.com

 

Hi Robert. If you go back to the first page of this topic, scroll down until you come to a response from George Cole. He has posted a link to the Orlando Craigslist ad for this car. There are many pictures there, and contact to the owner.    -    Carl 

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Definitely as crusty as we were expecting.  Gat a big vatt of evaporust and soak it.  Pull it out and hope there is enough left to start with. 

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I'll leave that to you, auburnseeker.  It's in your neck of the woods anyways.  Definitely not anywhere near close to me here on the FL Space Coast. :)

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Too rough for me.  I don't even get around to the cars I have that need much less work.  

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Same with me....and waaaay beyond my budget.  I've got enough projects to last me several lifetimes.  And of course, the salt air here from the ocean doesn't help.

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Appears that the previous owner was a relative of the Roman God of the Sea "Neptune" who stored the vehicle in a sunken garage somewhere in the Mediterranean.  A daunting task with that restoration. 

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Strange.  Multiple friends have suggested I consider that car as I want a Delahaye. (easy to spend someone else's money....)  It has its good points, or point, being a rather unique body, however the bad points, condition, condition and condition are clearly evident.  The owner is looking through rose (or money green) colored glasses.  The engine is most likely a disaster and the balance of the chassis is VERY high risk. Whether it was a tri-carb is a moot point, the tri-carb manifold is reproduced - most restored cars are tri-carb, gee, no surprise there. Difficult trim and other parts are absent, no picture of dash, etc.  I have about 45 years experience restoring cars, so yes, I could do this car and I have Delahaye resources to lean upon, which leaves only one big problem - $170K is unanimously considered far far too high a price.   If the price was anywhere near reasonable, I'd be a player,...but the six figure ante just isn't warranted.  Call me when it has a real price and I'll have the cash ready.    I am not going to call you and offer you what you might consider an insult today, only to ruin your perception of me when later you do realize I am willing to make a fair offer.

Also interesting to note that the Vesters car, which "appears" to be in better condition is being completely re-wooded as an element of its full body dip in the money bath.

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