Delahaye 1950

135  
148  
175 — discontinued
178 — discontinued
180 — discontinued
171 — new model
VLR — new model

France

The production of the Delahaye dropped to only 235 cars this year. Export sales have fallen significantly and the internal market is very restricted for such expensive cars. The company is surviving only thanks to the production of commercial vehicles and trucks.
Production of types 175, 178 and 180 came to a halt and only the remaining stock chassis will be sold next year. Just 17 of the 180, 37 of the 178 and 51 of the 175 were sold since their introduction in 1947.
The management seemed to loose interest in producing luxury cars. Two new vehicles were introduced this year: the colonial type 171 and the VLR for the military.

Saoutchik

January American advertisement
 

135

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


135 cabriolet Chapron Vedette.

135 coupé Chapron Mouette.

135 cabriolet Chapron.

135 coach Chapron.

135 coach by Antem at 1949 Paris Motor Show.

135 coach by Dubos.

135 cabriolet Béarn by Guilloré.

135 cabriolet Béarn by Guilloré.

135 cabriolet Béarn by Guilloré.

135 coach Dauphiné by Guilloré.

135 cabriolet Atlas by Guilloré.

135 cabriolet Guilloré Atlas at 1949 Paris Motor Show.

135 cabriolet by Guilloré.

135 cabriolet by Letourner & Marchand.

Delahaye 135 MS Vanden Plas (Vose)

Delahaye 135 z nadwoziem Saoutchika na Salonie Samochodowym w Paryżu.

135 canriolet Guilloré in a place of honor on Delahaye stand at Paris Show in October.

A new 135 coach by Faget & Varnet revealed at Paris Show.
 

148 L

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


148 L berline by Guilloré.

148 L berline by Guilloré.

148 L limousine by Guilloré.

148 L limousine by Guilloré.

148 L berline by Letourner & Marchand.
 

175, 178 and 180

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

175 torpedo quatre portes by Franay.
175 torpedo quatre portes by Franay.

175 cabriolet by Letourner & Marchand.

175 cabriolet Saoutchik.

180 limousine by Antem.

180 limousine by Antem.
 

171

wb: 320 cm 6 cyl.
3557 cm³
100 ch
chassis  

 

 

VLR

wb: 215 cm 4 cyl.
1995 cm³
63 ch
   

 


The Delahaye jeep during its initial presentation in Saumur during the summer of 1950.
Towards the end of the summer of 1950, after fourteen months of developement and tests, in front of an assembly of experts in Saumur Delahaye presented the first jeep of French manufacture. The idea of ​​a French jeep goes back to 1947, when the main military leaders decided to equip the army with a new generation of all-terrain vehicles designed and built in France. This is a large program ranging from a light reconnaissance car (like Jeep) to a 12 ton tank tractor. The DEFA (Direction des études et fabrications d'armements) wants to obtain these vehicles from the French manufacturers, of which only five answered the challenge: Hotchkiss for the van, Ford SAF for the truck 3 t, Rochet-Schneider for the 6 t, Berliet for 12 t and Delahaye for the VLR.
Called Delta, the first Delahaye jeep was born in 1948, followed a few months later by the Delta 2. The pre-production models were completed in 1950.
 

           
           

 

Races:
  Event: Entered: Raced: Finished: Best results:
  24.06.1950 24h Le Mans 2 2 0 8 Pozzi / Flahault (4458 cm³) dsq
          9 Serraud / de Guelfi (4458 cm³) fail.

Le Mans.

Le Mans.