Minichamps “Mullin Collection” Delahaye Type 145 Chapron Coupe

Minichamps “Mullin Collection” Delahaye Type 145 Chapron Coupe

Delahaye built four cycle-fendered, V12-powered Types 145 for the French Ecurie Bleu racing team in 1937, and coachbuilder Henri Chapron bought two to re-body as fast Grand Tourers in 1939. However, with a World War, declining economy, and a non-paying buyer, this one, chassis 48773, wasn’t completed until 1951. Chapron had obviously seen a Bugatti Atlantic, but his longer, flowing fenders do give the car a more graceful look. Restored to its original condition (except for the rare T.145 engine), the car is part of the Mullin Collection and now available as a superb 1:43-scale resincast from Minichamps. Photos show that they’ve modeled the flowing lines perfectly; the flawless body has crisp panel lines, Chapron’s graceful sculptured sides, and dozens of perfectly spaced louvers. Minichamps’ glossy gray paint has exceptionally fine metallic pigments and is set off by bright plated and photo-etched trim. Photos show that nothing has been left off; grab a strong magnifying glass, and you’ll see “DELAHAYE” on the tiny hood badge. There’s realistic faux red leather upholstery, with plated inner handles and silver trim, a beautiful wood-grain dash with detailed instruments, a delicate wheel and shift handle, and photo-etched pedals inside. Dimensions are a very precise 1:43 scale. What a beauty.  — Wayne Moyer

1:43 | $95

Updated: June 4, 2014 — 9:59 AM

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