French Curves: Delahaye – Delage – Talbot-Lago, features over two dozen examples of the three important French marques in the collection of Peter W. Mullin; all are on exhibit at the renown Mullin Automotive Museum in Oxnard, California. The book is the combined work of Richard Adatto, Claude Figoni and Shana Hinds who have put into a focused historical perspective, the coachwork from the streamlined movement of the mid-to-late nineteen-thirties on these significant automobiles. Accompanying the work are exceptional images by photographer Michael Furman.
The designs of Figoni & Falaschi are given special emphasis in the book, but the work of other preeminent French coachbuilders, including Henri Chapron and Jacques Saoutchik is also included. Today we are sharing with you photos of three Delahaye 135 M Roadsters and a Talbot-Lago T-150-C that all wear variations on the famous Figoni-designed 1936 Paris Auto Salon model. The two-tone blue 135 M, chassis no. 49150, as seen above and below was ordered by Casimir Jourde, a friend of Figoni and delivered in 1938.
Jourde had the car shipped to India in 1939 where he had business interests and soon sold it to Prince de Mukarran Jah. The car remained there until the mid-nineteen-eighties when it was discovered in a garden shed and then was shipped to England. A restoration followed and it was then shown at the 1992 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, after which it became a part of Peter Mullin’s collection.
Below are three styling variations of the eleven cars built in the Paris Auto Salon series between 1936 and 1939. The top two are slightly different Delahaye Type 135s on the short chassis. The bottom car is a Talbot-Lago on a longer chassis with a larger compartment for the driver.
To learn more about this book and others visit with Coachbuilt Press. The Mullin Collection can be explored with a visit to the Mullin Automotive Museum. Check back soon, as next we will feature a 1939 Delage D8-120 Cabriolet with coachwork by Chapron from the book.