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.
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