Delahaye 135 MS Cabriolet Figoni & Falaschi (1:43, New One)

  • Delahaye 135 MS Cabriolet Figoni & Falaschi (from 1948)
  • New One
  • 1:43
  • Showcase model / No engine
  • metallic (brilliant finish)
  • Limited (pieces not known)
  • Perfect mint condition
  • Original package exists
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As one of Joseph Figoni's first postwar designs , the Narval continues the flowing teardrop lines from earlier eras, but with newer more rakish elements. It shares its name and distinct nose with the Narwal Whale, a relative of the Beluga that has a bulbous melon for breaking ice.

When looking at the car, it almost looks overweight with fat side skirts, extreme length, headlights and wide front grill – almost like a beached whale. Along the side, thin chrome strips accent flowing lines and contrast to baroque bumpers. This kind of ornamentation is somewhat of a departure from earlier Figoni detailing. The rear end has integrated rear fins that rise from the decent of the teardrop curve.

The first Narval was finished in time for the first Paris Motor Show after the war in 1946 and couple more where made afterwards. Prince Ali Khan ordered a version in white for his bride and our feature car's first owner may have been King Farouk of Egypt. When purchased in 1960, Arabic was scribbled over the dash and seat backs.

Today the red car appears as it did when first shown at the 1938 Barcelona Auto Salon. It was eventually shipped to America was attended events as a 1937 model to appease the Classic Car Club who didn't accept pre-war cars. It made an appearance at the 1987 Pebble Beach Concours where it won first in the European Post-War class.

Adatto, Richard and Diana Meredith. Delahaye Styling and Design. Dalton Watson Fine books. 2005.
Dorizon, Peigney and JP Dauliac. Delahaye-Le Grande Livre. Paris Editions EPA. 1995.
Renou, Michel. Delahaye-Tout l'historie. Paris Editions EPA. 1994.


Author: wolfram

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