1937 Delahaye 145 by Randy Grubb
At the Las Vegas Convention Center in November 2014, Randy Grubb revealed his plan to assemble an aluminum-bodied roadster. Inspired by a 1937 Delahaye 145, found at the Mullins Museum in Oxnard, California, the project was set to start off from some of the best technology the automotive world had to offer. The marvelous vehicle took two years to complete, as building an aluminum body from scratch was quite the challenge. The 1937 Delahaye 145 benefits from a V12 engine, courtesy of legendary engine builder Ryan Falconer; obviously, many parts of the V12 are unique, including the block, crank, camshaft, and cylinder heads.
The Falconer V12 typically displaces 600ci using; however, Falconer Racing Engines delivered a 500ci engine, with a shorter stroke while still producing 648 hp. That shiny exterior comprises polished aluminum components, riveted in place to create a weld-free exterior. The feather shape shows up in the windshield, with the frame cut out of a solid plate of aluminum using a water jet, as well as in in the stitching of the seat bottoms and backs, complemented by soft blue leather by Greg’s Upholstery. The same high-quality leather was chosen to wrap the door panels and the dash, with the latter featuring a custom-designed oval gauge cluster from Classic Instruments.