I find modern cars to be absolutely boring in their appearance. This applies to just about every motorized vehicle
out there on the roads, whether it be a family or sports car. However one of few exceptions would be this car below.
the movie company to change her contractual surname from Fluck to Dors (being the maiden name of her maternal grandmother). Diane later commented on her name: They asked me to change my name. I suppose they were afraid that if my real name Diane Fluck was in lights and one of the lights blew…
The young starlets were made aware of the arrangements and were allowed to attend Diane's adult parties for free
in return for making sure that their celebrity partners performed in bed at the right camera angles. Dors would then enjoy watching the films the following morning keeping an archive of the best performances. In desperate need of cash after her separation from
As is the case with most landmark examples of coachbuilt cars, much of this Delahaye's beauty is especially evident in the extravagent details. Notice the chrome accents that highlight the curves, the embedded turn signals or the thin strips flanking the sides while adding grace, lenght and a sense of speed while cleverly hiding the door handles. The astonishing interior is remarkably contemporary, incorporating a stylized eagle on each door panel and bracketing an expansive dash panel that seems aircraft-inspired with its rows of knobs, displays and stunning transparent Lucite steering wheel.
... at least from the Internet, but the car suddenly hits the radar again in the early 2000s when the present owner commissioned a complete restoration led by Fran Roxas, a leading restorer. The restoration lasted until 2007 when the car was finally revealed in its original glory at the renowned Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance show winning
one of many 1st places that year.
for the original missing engine ever since the restoration began, the present owner followed a lead and miraculously located the engine in 2010. It had fortunately never been rebuilt or reinstalled in another car and was thus nearly complete. It was left in its original state as the restoration had already involved a very costly renovation of the car’s current engine.
Its co-founder and head designer, Giuseppe Figoni, worked almost as a automotive sculptor causing several public sensations with his motorized embodiments of elegance and gracefulness. He showed immense attention to detail and at least 2.000 hours were usually spent in the workshop before the overall idea of a new bodywork could be completed. Whenever new work was revealed at the annual, international automobile shows, Figoni loved working with haute couture fashion designers in creating gowns, shoes and hats for the female models so they'd perfectly match the car being presented. Beside Delahaye you’ll also find Renault, Citroën, Bugatti and Alfa Romeo among the company's customers. Figoni et Falaschi (F&F) became especially known for their tear drop shapes which are a prominent design feature in most of their creations.
As a common practice in the golden age of coach-building, each car could be further modified to fulfill the customer's needs which was a frequent request by those wishing to participate in rally driving. For those just wanting to spoil themselves, you could have the entire interior fitted in thick leather with matching luggage made of crocodile skin by French fashion house Hermès.
The Delahaye 135MS Roadster from 1937 by F&F.