Delahaye 1948

135  
148  
175  
178  
180  

France

In the difficult post-war conditions Delahaye is struggling with its luxury cars. Under strict rules from the authorities the brand is confined to producing mostly for export. To survive the company concentrates on the production of lorries. To make things even worse, the new type 175 suffers from teething problems with vague handling and doubtful durability of the transmission. Both the 178 and the 180 models only exist in the catalogue.
Despite that the production figure grew from 380 last year to 578 in 1948... mostly thanks to the rapidly aging type 135.
 

135

wb: 295 cm 6 cyl.
3557 cm³
95 ch
6 cyl.
3557 cm³
115 ch
6 cyl.
3557 cm³
130 ch
chassis 135M 135M 135MS
coach Chapron
cabriolet Chapron


135 cabriolet Esterel Guilloré.

135 cabriolet Chapron.

135 cabriolet Chapron.

135 MS coach Chapron

135 Faget-Varnet stands out by having an all-steel body while other French coachbuliders are still use wood.

Delahaye 135 cabriolet Pourtout

Cabriolet Pourtout.

Narval by Figoni & Falachi.

135 M

Another incarnation of the Figoni's "goutte d'eau" appeared at the Paris Show in October.

135 Saoutchik.

135 cabriolet Antem.

135 M by Antem at Paris Show.

135 coach panoramique by Letourner & Marchand.

135 coach panoramique by Letourner & Marchand.

135 cabriolet by Ghia.

Ghia at Geneva Motor Show in March.

135 cabriolet by Worblaufen presented in March at Geneva Motor Show.
 

148 L

wb: 315 cm 6 cyl.
3557 cm³
95 ch
chassis 148L
berline


148 L berline Guilloré.
 

175, 178 and 180

  wb: 6 cyl. 1 carb.
4455 cm³
120 ch
6 cyl. 1carb.
4455 cm³
140 ch
6 cyl. 3 carb.
4455 cm³
140 ch
6 cyl. 3 carb.
4455 cm³
160 ch
chassis 295 cm 175 175 175 175
  315 cm 178 178 - -
  333,5 cm 180 180 - -



175 cabriolet Letourner & Marchand.

175 coach Guilloré.

175 cabriolet Saoutchik.

175 cabriolet Saoutchik.

180 Limousine Chapron at the Paris Motor Show. Although built a few months earlier this imposing car already has dual flashes at the bottom of the front wings, which appeared on most 1949 Delahayes built by Chapron.

Delahaye 175 cabriolet Scirocco by Figoni & Falaschi at Paris Motor Show.
 

           
           

 


Eugène Chaboud's car with the 4.5-litre engine of the Delahaye 175 and a chassis of his own design with leaf spring suspension.
With the factory team unable to develop any new racing cars, the only Delahaye this year was Eugène Chaboud's private racer equipped with a 4.5-litre 175 engine. The car could reach up to 225 km/h - not enough to beat the Alfa Romeo and Maserati.