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Pennock Delahaye 135 & 148
Pennock Delahaye 135 & 148
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Delahaye had no coachworks, so bodies typically came from the likes of Franay, Figoni et Falaschi, Saoutchik and many more, but also from the Dutch Pennock Company.

Established in 1898, Carrosseriefabriek P.J. Pennock & Zonen became one of the largest coachbuilders in the Netherlands. The firm built both bespoke bodies for individual clients and series-built styles like convertibles, often on higher-priced chassis from the USA.

After World War II, the Dutch government encouraged coachbuilding for export, and a number of prestige chassis, especially Delahayes, were imported for that purpose.

The outstanding Pennock Delahaye Cabriolet is shown below with its generous teardrop fenders, enclosed rear wheels and delicately shaped bumpers complementing the traditional Delahaye grille. Subtly but effectively detailed with chrome accents and generous bright stone shields at the rear fenders' leading edges, Pennock's cabriolet makes effective use of the low-slung Delahaye chassis, the lack of running boards further accenting the road-hugging design.

European car design was heavily influenced by Detroit and the move towards mass production, but the Dutch coachbuilder resisted the temptation to lose the definition between the bonnet and wing design of his flamboyant cars. Using minimal timber framing his coachwork was welded to the chassis, providing a rigid structure which was taut and rattle free to drive in comparison with many other coachbuilt examples. All Pennock bodies were different in details and measurements. 


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