Chassis 135 M #801010 from 1948
Cabriolet FIGONI & FALASCHI #1038
This 1948 Delahaye 135M, #1038 corresponds to the series of 18 so-called “El Glaoui” convertibles according to the bodybuilder's register FIGONI & FALASCHI.
The number 1038 is stamped into the body on the inside at the top of the headlight rim. This one delivered new in black, commissioned by Prince Joao Henrique of Orleans – Braganza (1909-1981), great grandson of the last Emperor of Brazil Pedro II de Brazil. The car was first registered in France in 1948 with license plate 6457 RQ 6. The car was shipped to Portugal where Prince Joao Henrique got married with Princess Maria Elisabeth of Bavaria at the end of 1949. Later the car was shipped to Brazil where the young couple lived first in Rio De Janeiro. The car came into possession of Josef Stangl from Veteran Car in Prague. He restored the car to the highest standards. The car still has the Czech paperwork. While each car in the El Glaoui series was built to a common theme, they were indeed unique in detail, particularly in the treatment of the front end, the shape of the grille and differing chrome embellishments on the body sides.
On April 24, 2019 a full report of authenticity was made by Jean-Paul Tissot (license de la marque automobile Delahaye) accompanied by Benoit Carrier (vice president du club Delahaye et gérant de la Societé des Automobile Delahaye Sarl) in the Workshop of Josef Stangl CEO of Veteran Car in Prague. They both claim that number 801010 is one of the original Delahaye type 135 Cabriolet by Figone & Falaschi with body number 1038. This number can be found in the body behind the headlight rims. This car is one of the noblest El Glaoui with Royal status sold by Delahaye Figoni/ Falaschi.
Today, 801010 presents in stunning condition in the elegant livery of black over a lush red interior. Paint and body quality are exceptional. Fit and finish are outstanding, and the brightwork presents in exceptional order. The interior is trimmed in lush red leather. The steering wheel and dash are finished in black paint and it of course retains all original instrumentation including the original Phillips Radio. The rear seats are quite usable for additional passengers, making this a fine choice for touring or concours events alike. With the top fully open, the windscreen can be folded forward to transform this elegant drophead into a full-fledged sports car. Original engine type 6.S.103 number 801010, triple carburettor, four-speed transmission.
This is a rare opportunity to acquire a beautiful, fully-restored example of the highly desirable Figoni & Falaschi El Glaoui Cabriolet with Royal status. One of only 9 known to exist. This magnificent automobile is presented in exquisite condition and is suitable for virtually any major concours event.
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