Delahaye 175 S Roadster – coachwork by Saoutchik 1949 sn 815023 – the first 1:18 model by Ilario
Daring and graceful coachwork made the majestic Delahaye slim and elegant while providing grand touring comfort
Saoutchik combined French curves of the thirties with modern baroque ornamentation to create maximum drama
Excitement continued into the interior with a translucent lucite steering wheel and a constellation of buttons and knobs
This is the first replica in 1:18 scale created by master modeler Ilario. This represents a bold new direction for the French modeler who has excelled in 1:43 scale since 1984. Like all his models, this one is precision cast in resin.
The Delahaye 175 S Roadster shows off Jacques Saoutchik’s bold and exuberant imagination! At this larger scale, it gives Ilario more opportunity to show off his craft and genius as well. This model lets the collector better appreciate the power of the dominant chrome-accented curves in such majestic proportions. At this size, the stance of the car is something you experience as well as see.
This particular Delahaye 175 S sn 815023 was owned by a glamorous English movie star named Diana Dors. She was one of the blond bombshells of the period, like Jayne Mansfield or Marilyn Monroe. Her looks won her lucrative parts so that by 17, she was sufficiently financially endowed to order this Delahaye. Which cost a small fortune.
By the seventies, the roadster had made its way to Colorado where its owner tired of the excessive maintenance required by the race-spec engine and Dubonnet suspension. His solution was to replace the troublesome components with an engine and drivetrain from an Oldsmobile Toronado. A more enlightened new owner saw that the original suspension and a replacement motor located, restored and reinstalled to perfection.
In 2007, it captivated the 2007 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance.
With the coachbuilt era long over in the United States, and rapidly dwindling in Europe, s/n 815023 represents one of the very last examples – maybe the apogee. Certainly it can claim to be the most flamboyant and inspired. In 2010, it sold at auction for $3.3 million.
Edition limited to 80 models.
Classic Era (1925-48)
- SKU: IL1801