Delahaye did not manufacture bodies, which excited the creativity of the designers in that post Art Déco period. Figoni et Falaschi claimed to be the grand couturiers of coachwork, in compliance with the fashion. At the Paris Auto Show in 1946, they exhibit the Narval cabriolet designed for the Delahaye 135M.
The Narval makes a hit in this world yet accustomed to extravagance. It owes its name to the shape of its nose evoking a cetacean sneaking into the waves. The wealthiest can buy it to please a beautiful woman. Seven Narvals were built. The prince Ali Khan buys one of them for Rita Hayworth, the sex symbol of the cinema of her time.
Another Narval manufactured in 1947 begins another sort of glamorous career. This Delahaye was sold new to Mark B. Deitsch, manufacturer of ladies' footwear of Prima brand in Ohio, who used it to illustrate his advertisements in the magazines. His car received the nickname of Cover Girl.
A later owner reversed the engine of Cover Girl with that of a Delahaye 135 bodied by Antem. Both cars were recently joined again within a collection. The Delahaye 135M retains its original Narval coachwork.
On August 15 in Monterey, Rick Cole sells this car at lot 900 with its original engine separately displayed. The auction does not include a floor session and the bids are received during the exhibition. The body in poor condition of the 135 Antem may be provided by the seller to the winning bidder. Here is the link to the auction house's website.