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French Friday: Start your day with a Delahaye Edition

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Opponaut Ce he sin has been posting a lot of 'Start your day with a Delahaye' posts on Oppo recently. Awesome cars of course, the cars Delahaye probably most is known for are maybe somewhat too eccentric. For me that is.

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The best looking Delahaye IMO however is the Motto-bodied '51 '175' coupé. And that's what my French Friday is all about today.

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Curvy though clean lines, very '50s look, Alfa-esque grille. It appeared in this form in both the Monte Carlo rally of '51 (which it won) and the Carrera Panamericana (12th).

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Those 'split windows' definitely confirms the era it's from.

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The model itself is a 1:43 Altaya. Equiped in a box with a pictured diorama. As the Facel of my French Friday 2 weeks ago, it has extreme skinny tires, not sure if this is just period-correct or an altaya-(cheapish-)feature.

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All the Altayas I currently own have these skinny tires but they're all from the 50s so I'm still not sure if that's the only reason. The undercarriage is very non-detailed so it could probably just a cost-issue, Altayas aren't that expensive.

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It still isn't a children's toy anyway (it's literally on the box!) so don't expect good 'roadholding' either.

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It's really a shame Delahaye couldn't survive. After the WWII, the depressed French economy and an increasingly punitive luxury tax regime aimed at luxurious non-essential products (and cars with engines above 2-litres) made life difficult for the factory. They also did build some trucks and the VLR (Véhicule Léger de Reconnaissance), a 4wd for military purpose. The French army bought it but eventually chose the Hotchkiss-built and American Motors licensed Jeep.

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After that contract ended it all ended for Delahaye. Hotchkiss, facing the same troubles regarding the economic downfall, took over Delahaye in 1954 as it hoped that the two businesses might prove more resilient together than separately. Three months after the take-over the production of Delahaye cars was stopped.

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