Unsuccessful as a racing-car (it first appeared In the 1937 French GP), this big Delahaye inevitably created quite a sensation at the 1938 Paris Salon with this extroverted envelope by the distinguished French firm Figoni & Falaschi. Billy Butlin, the British holiday camp king, was among the first customers. The enclosed front and rear wheels and a disappearing windscreen were special attractions. Under the bonnet was a 4,490 cc vee-12 engine developing about 160 bhp. Its overhead valves were opened by pushrods and rockers from two camshafts between the cylinder blocks. The gearbox was a Cotal epicyclic with electro-magnetic selection. Front suspension was independent, using a transverse leaf spring, but it had a normal live rear axle. One can guess a top speed of, say, 110 mph.