Mullin Automotive Museum's 1937 Delahaye wins at Pebble Beach

1937 Delahaye Type 145

(August 21, 2019) OXNARD, Calif. — The Mullin Automotive Museum located in Oxnard has announced that one of its vehicles has won a coveted “Best in Class” award at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance during the Monterey Car Week in Monterey, Calif., on Aug. 18. The Mullin’s 1937 Delahaye Type 145 Chapron Coupe received the highest award in the “European Classic Closed” class, from a field of competitors around the globe.

After a very successful career in international Grand Prix racing from 1937 - 1939, then-owner A. M. Duprie sent the Type 145 to legendary coachbuilder Henri Chapron to be re-bodied from an open Grand Prix car to a lithe and unique two-seat coupe.

“We’re honored to receive this ‘Best in Class’ award from the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance,” said Mullin Automotive Museum Founder Peter Mullin.  “Pebble Beach is a flagship event for the entire automotive community and sharing this exquisite vehicle with the public outside of the museum is already a great opportunity.”   

Also taking high honors in its class, the 1939 Bugatti Type 57C Aravis took second in the “Bugatti Type 57” class. The Aravis is a unique example, originally made for the legendary French racing driver Maurice Trintingnant.  The car’s body by Gangloff and distinctive two-tone paint finish led Jean Bugatti himself to call it “one of the most beautiful Type 57s.”