>Named the ‘Buzz II,’ the 1936 Delahaye 135 S Compétition Court racing car, which campaigned in 1930s endurance races, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans, will be auctioned at Bonhams The Monaco Sale ‘Les Grandes Marques à Monaco’ on 23 April.

Recognized for its success, not only on the racetrack but also in concours d’elegances, the 1936 Delahaye 135 S Compétition Court race car was one of the all-time great sporting automobiles of the pre-war period. 

The Irish American heiress, Lucy Schell, played an important role in the French marque’s successes. Schell became the first female motorsport team owner following her career as a former racing driver.

In the 1938 Pau Grand Prix, she was triumphant when her semi-works Delahaye team conquered the seemingly unbeatable Mercedes team to take the chequered flag.

historic photo of car

racing the automobile

In 1936 Schell bought the Delahaye 135 S (that is being auctioned this April by Bonhams), and it made its first appearance as part of Écurie Bleu, her three-car semi-works team that competed at the 1936 ‘Three Hours of Marseille’ endurance race.

 Delahaye 135 S in 1930s

The cars’ were affectionately named ‘Blue Buzz’ given their sky-blue paintwork (the French national color) combined with their engines’ muffled ‘buzzing’ noise.

Blue Buzz

The car on offer, Blue Buzz II, raced in pre-war Grand Prix races at Pau, Donington, and Commiges and the Belfast Tourist-Trophy before facing its greatest challenge at the 1939 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Additionally, in 1939 the distinguished coachbuilders Chappes Frères rebodied the Delahaye 135 S into a more aerodynamic style.

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By: Sports Car Digest
Title: Rare 1936 Delahaye 135 S Racing Car Offered at Monaco Sale
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/1936-delahaye-135-s/
Published Date: Sun, 21 Mar 2021 03:24:52 +0000

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