The 1938 Delahaye Type 145 Coupé Chassis No. 48772 from the Mullin Automotive Museum collection received the Best in Class award at the 2023 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este earlier this month, the museum announced.
Held annually on Lake Como in Northern Italy, Villa d’Este is a tradition-rich festival weekend for historic automobiles, organizers said.
This is the Mullin’s second win at the concours. The 1938 Delahaye Type 145 Chassis No. 48773 won the Best in Class award at the 2012 show.
“Villa d’Este is one of the most admired concours in the world, and we are thrilled our Delahaye Type 145 was recognized,” said Mullin Automotive Museum Founder Peter Mullin. “To be amongst the world’s most beautiful automobiles is also one of the biggest honors.”
The Delahaye Type 145 Chassis No. 48772 raced in international grand prix throughout Europe during the 1937–1939 seasons. With its racing career at an end, Chassis No. 48772 was bought by coachbuilder Henri Chapron, who transformed it into one of the most beautiful examples of classic French coachwork of the postwar era, museum officials said. During World War II, Chapron began to rebody the car as a two-seat coupe in 1947. Peter Mullin acquired the vehicle in 2003 and has shown it at major concours around the world.
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