1952 - DELAHAYE 235 CABRIOLET ANTEM

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1952 - DELAHAYE 235 CABRIOLET ANTEM

Unique one-off Delahaye 235 cabriolet built by Antem 1952 Paris Motor Show car
Ex Ph. Charbonneaux collection
Sophisticated, elegant styling
One of the last cars to bear witness to to French luxury car-making
The manufacturer Delahaye wished to offer its customers a successor to the legendary type 135 which it built from 1935 until the factory closed in 1954. At the Paris Motor Show in 1951, it therefore unveiled the type 235, which was still powered by a 6-cylinder 3.5-litre engine, fed by three carburettors, but which now developed 152 bhp and offered superior performance. The front suspension was now fitted with Messier-type dual-action shock absorbers.
This new GT model - destined to be the last - had a claimed top speed of 180 kph (112 mph).
The new model had new styling and it was the gifted designer Philippe Charbonneaux who carried out a general study for the body of the type 235; the prototype was built very quickly under his direction by the coachbuilder Motto in Turin on the first chassis, number 818000. From a purely mechanical standpoint, improvements were made by the leading specialist Fernand Lacour, a Delahaye and Delage concessionaire and owner of the Wilson garage in Levallois- Perret. Although it was listed by the works as early as the Paris Motor Show in 1951, production of the new model unfortunately remained very limited; the particularly high list price and stiff competition from foreign manufacturers restricted sales of this final model to leave the rue du Banquier to just 85 cars.
Several coachbuilders offered different versions: a ‘coach', coupé, roadster or cabriolet. Among these coachbuilders, the most prolific was Chapron, followed by Antem and then Letourneur & Marchand, Figoni & Falaschi, Faget- Varnet, Saoutchik and Motto; one car was bodied by the Swiss firm Beutler, while another started out at Chapron and was then re-bodied by Barou in the Ardèche. If we refer to Charbonneaux's initial proposal, exec
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