Delahaye 145 Grand Prix 

  • 1937
  • 245 HP 4.5L
  • 143 mph
The first 1938 Grand Prix was held at Pau, where the 145 dominated German and Italian competition with its low fuel consumption and lightweight construction.
At the 2006 Pebble Beach Concours, Peter Mullin debuted his 145 as the Million-Franc Delahaye for the first time.

Road Tests Real world tests of the Delahaye 145 Grand Prix

Top speed

145 Grand Prix
143 mph
253 mph

Data points Key details of the Delahaye 145 Grand Prix


145 Grand Prix
245 HP
987 HP

Engine size

145 Grand Prix
4,496 cc
7,993 cc
GT 86
2,000 cc

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The valvetrain was distinct, having three camshafts, one in the center of the V for both banks of intake valves and two located on the outside for the exhaust.
To encourage local manufacturers, the French Government and the Automobile Club of France hosted a competition that would boost the image of French racing and engineering.

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Brand Delahaye
Year 1937

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 9.9 lb/hp
Maximum hp 245 HP @ 5,500 RPM
Steering system Rack and pinion


Displacement 4,496 cc
Cylinders V12
Air compressor None
Fuels Gas
Bore/stroke 2.95 in / 3.33 in
Valves per cylinder 2 valves

road tests

Top speed 143 mph


Drivetrain RWD
Gearing Traditional
# of gears 4 gears

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc
Rear brakes Disc

physical dimensions

Curb weight 2,425 lb
Front track width 53 in
Wheelbase 106.3 in
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