Delahaye & Rolls-Royce Discovered in a Long Island Parking Garage

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- The scene every car guy/gals dreams of seeing- 37 Packard Hearse, 48 Delahaye 135M Cabriolet, and 37 Rolls-Royce Phantom III all tucked away in neglect.
- This is no regular Delahaye, (as if there is such a thing) this car was a one-off body by Belgian coachbuilders, Vesters & Neirinck.
- We had no idea what to expect as we often get tips that end up being completely false or too good to be true. The Porsche 911 that ends up being a 924 with a blow engine, or a Ferrari that is really a Fiero kit. This was not one of those tips...
- This is no ordinary 30's Rolls-Royce Sedan- this car is one of 727 Phantom IIIs which were the only RR to have a V12 until the 1998 debut of the Silver Seraph
- We spent three full days getting the cars out....
- This was the first time in almost a half century that this car saw the light of day. This view really gives you an idea of swooping lines and excellent proportions this car has albeit some minor rust issues!
- LBI Limited founders Adolfo Massari and Andrew Mastin after spending hours digging this French beauty out of its resting place.
- Not only is this car a one-off, it was the Brussels Motor Show car in 1948 and is 1 of only 2 Delahaye's bodied by Vesters & Neirick. Here it is waiting to move on to its next caretaker.
- Shortly after its debut at the show it won 1st place at a Concours in Vinchy, France.
- 1948 Brussels Motor Show
- Our favorite angle
- 1937 Rolls-Royce bodied by French coachbuilder, Franay. This was also a show stand car. It first appeared on the Rolls-Royce stand at the Paris Auto Salon in 1937. One of the most beautiful PIII Sedan bodies.

After nearly a half century in the depths of a subterranean Long Island parking garage, a 48 Delahaye 135M Cabriolet and 37 Rolls-Royce Phantom III see the light of day. After a tip from a friend, we arrived on the scene in complete awe of what we sat in front of us...

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