“The automotive equivalent of Tutankhamun’s tomb.”
That’s the level of treasure we’re talking here.
Discovered decaying among 60 rare cars in a French barn owned by the late collector Roger Baillon, The 1948 Delahaye 135 M cabriolet Faget-Varnet is one of just three surviving models (originally, there were six) of the iconic make. The man responsible for its refresh, David Disiere, scooped up the Delahaye at a Paris auction staged in February 2015 and set to work soon thereafter.
"The moment I saw the Delahaye 135 M, I knew I wanted to restore it for Pebble Beach,” said Disiere. "I was attracted to the unbelievable body that existed beneath the rust. And I love the challenge of bringing a classic automobile with such great history and provenance back to life."
To restore the ride, Disiere tapped the seasoned experts at Stone Barn Automobile Restorations of Vienna, New Jersey. With a great respect for its original form, the team deftly revitalized the Delahaye to her original grace and glory.
Having made her first appearance at the 1948 Paris Motor Show, this Sunday, August 21st, the charmer will join 200 stunner makes at the 18th Fairway at Pebble Beach to compete for Best in Show some 68 years later.
In the meantime, check out the complete and completely amazing transformation process here.