This Delahaye 165 Cabriolet was first released at the 1938 Paris Motor Show and built on a production version of the V12 145 racecar. It received accolades for both radical performance and world class elegance.
A second car based on the Paris show car was made for the 1938 New York World's Fair where it was displayed at the French Pavilion. It used a patented roll-down windscreen and fully enclosed fenders like the first car, but at the show, it sat without a working engine. As Europe launched into war the roadster's ownership was in question and it was then held at the US customs office for six years. Finally it was released and made available at a California showroom, but fitted with a Cadillac V8 engine and automatic transmission. In the mid eighties, the car was reunited with the original engine and restored to debut at the 1992 Pebble Beach Concours.
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