1949 Delahaye 135MS Selbourne Roadster Prototype
This car was the idea of Alan Selborne who wanted to market a Delahaye which was a cross between a racing car and a road car. He asked Guy Jason Henry to design and build a car along these lines for him and the I35 chassis was delivered to Guy's workshop in 1949. The design for this car was conceived before the war but was not completed until 1950! The engine is similar to those installed in the factory 135MS race cars and is fitted with triple Solex siamese carburetors. The body is lightweight aluminum alloy. Selborne wanted to build another two seater prototype but no others are known to be constructed. After completion the car was exhibited on the Delahaye stand at the Earls Court Motor Show before going to its first owner Alex Korda, a famous Hollywood producer. English actor Hubert Reese purchased the car in the late 1950's. Carlton Coolidge purchased the car in 1972 and Delahaye expert Richard Adatto owned the car from 1979 until 2001. The car was
restored by Richard Adatto in 1980 before he raced it on many different vintage circuits with great success. The car was also shown at the Pebble Beach Concours in 1982 where it placed second in the Delahaye class. This car was cosmetically freshened up recently before completing the Colorado Grand flawlessly (1,000 miles). The engine, transmission, body and chassis are all original. The car has been successfully vintage raced in Monterey in 1981 and 1982 where the car took a second and a fourth place.