Friday, 15 February 2013

Rhapsody in Baby Blue

We first saw this car on the Journées Nationales des Metiers d'Art open day at Auto Classique Touraine in April 2011. (We thought we had blogged about it, but looking back it appears we didn't. Tant pis.) As you can see, back then it was looking a bit sad: an empty shell in a not terribly fetching shade of undercoat.

But now the ugly duckling is a fully grown... wotsit. Maybe not a swan, exactly, but something completely different. The car is a 1937 Delahaye 135M with coachwork based on a design by Figoni et Falaschi.

There is a local angle to this story: the Delahaye company was founded by Emile Delahaye, who was born in Tours in 1843. He started building cars in 1894 in Tours, before the company relocated to Paris.

Nice, but you would have to be a willowy blonde with a borzoi to really carry it off.

Loire Valley Nature Update: a new entry for Domestic / Feral Cat Felis catus has been added.
A new entry for Hunting has been added.
Photos of Chalk Milkwort Polygala calcarea added to the Milkworts Polygala spp entry.
A new entry for Sweet Chestnut Castanea sativa has been added.
A new entry for Spotted Longicorn beetle Chlorophorus glabromaculatus has been added.


Tim said...

That car isn't just bootiful...
it is a work of art....
you'd never need to go fast in it...
just cruise slowly and turn heads.

the fly in the web said...

How utterly swish!

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