The Delahaye marque was founded by Emile Delahaye in 1895. Delahaye standardized in overhead valve inline six-cylinder engines in the 30's and developed a reputation for power, reliability and fuel economy which brought the marque recognition as one of France's 'grandes routieres' and a successful competitor in grands prix and sports car races including the 24 Hours of LeMans. Following World War II Delahaye offered sixes with 4,453cc in its sports models and 3,557cc in the more popular 135 and 148 series. Offering luxury and performance competitive with most of the European marques of the day and even the larger American cars, the 148L sedan had 95hp, independent front suspension and a long 124" wheelbase for a comfortable ride and abundant interior room. Delahaye had no in-house coachwork department, so all their car were delivered as a rolling chassis to numerous coachbuilders. One of them was Letourneur & Marchand, who built this four door Berline body on the 148L chassis. The coachwork features wide-opening doors hinged at the center pillar which give easy entry either into the front or rear seats.
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