This 1937 Delahaye 135 Competion Court Torpedo Roadster with body by Figoni et Falaschi was sold for $6 million (plus buyer's fee) by RM Auctions today in Amelia Island, Florida. The sale was held in conjunction with the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance, which takes place tomorrow. The stylish Delahaye was one of 17 cars consigned by the Malcolm Pray Collection.
Identified as Lot 167 in the online auction catalog, the description did not have the customary estimated value. Instead the estimate was "available upon request." Last December, when the auction was announced, Autoblog.com published the following post by Noah Joseph.
Malcolm S. Pray Jr was a known entity in the American automotive scene. He owned the largest Audi and Saab dealership in America, presided over several dealer councils and had a considerable classic car collection. Sadly, Pray passed away this past August, and his family has consigned 17 of his beloved cars to RM Auctions - most notable among them this beautiful Delahaye roadster.
With coachwork by Figoni et Falaschi, this 1937 Delahaye 135 Competition Court Roadster was termed by Pray's wife Natalie as "Malcolm's French Mistress" and it's not hard to see how he could have fallen to its charms. The Parisian coachbuilder had famous French illustrator Géo Ham design the Art Deco bodywork, completed in two-tone navy and ivory over a deep red interior.
It'll be joined on the auction block at Amelia Island by sixteen other classics from the Pray Collection, including a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT Series II Cabriolet and a 1957 BMW 507. RM isn't saying how much it expects these classics to fetch when the gavel drops on the Floridian isle come March, but as far as the Delahaye goes, there are few things we wouldn't give to own a piece of rolling artwork like this.
Mr. Pray acquired the Delahaye in 1964 and put plenty of kilometers on the odometer. He rallied and showed it for nearly 50 years.
As for the millions of dollars in auction proceeds, RM wrote that "Malcolm's automobile museum in Banksville, New York, is also the home of the Pray Achievement Center, an organization he founded to mentor and motivate young people to achieve their life goals, inspiring over 8,000 youth since its establishment in 2001. Proceeds from the sale of Malcolm's automobiles will benefit The Pray Achievement Center where his daughter Sabrina will work with the foundation to help continue the important work begun by her father."
The buyer's identity was not disclosed.
Photo credits: Capture of RM Auction's live internet coverage by Barrie Crampton. Other images courtesy of RM Auctions.