Automobiles Talbot was once part of a conglomerate of both French and English companies that included Sunbeam, Talbot and Darracq. Builders of mid and upper market luxury cars to compete with the likes of Salmson, Delahaye and Delage, the company was rife with chaos in the upper management and built a number of cars that competed for the same buyers. Rather confusingly, both British and French versions of Talbot cars were offered, not necessarily related to one another. Given the confusion in which S.T. D. Motors, LTD was run, it was not terribly surprising when the firm collapsed in 1935. In the fallout, the brands were split apart with Sunbeam and British Talbot going to the English Rootes Group, and the French side of Talbot (formerly Darracq) fell into the hands of Italian-born Anthony Lago, who had been acting as General Manager for the firm for the past year. Lago was a gifted engineer and a visionary leader, and in his new position as head of his own automobile company, he set about designing a new, high-performance engine for the current models still in production. The existing bottom-end was reworked and an all-new cylinder head was fitted with overhead valves, hemispherical combustion chambers and centrally mounted spark plugs, not unlike that of a BMW 328. The new model was dubbed Grand Sport in 110 horsepower form, or “Baby Sport” for the 80 horsepower version. All models now had independent front suspension and Wilson Pre-Select gearboxes were fitted to the highest spec models. The new engine and chassis revisions were responsible for the survival of Talbot, with chassis-only “Lago SS” models supplied to many of the great Parisian coachbuilders, with the likes of Figoni et Falaschi building some of their most iconic designs atop Talbo-Lago chassis. After WWII, Tony Lago again revised his six-cylinder engine, increasing capacity to 4.5 liters for the T-26 and adding a re-designed head with twin camshafts and a new seven main bearing block. This powerful and robust engine proved itself a worthy competitor in motorsport, winning the grueling 24H LeMans in 1950. In road trim, the engine was smooth and reliable, making Talbot-Lagos the preferred choice for European elite to enjoy cross-continental grand tours. This example, a 1950 T-26 Record Coupe, wears beautiful coachwork by Henri Chapron, one of the truly great Parisian designers and coachbuilders. This particular car is one of three similar designs produced for the Chapron stand at the 1950 Paris Auto Salon. The design was highly regarded by the jury, and awarded a prize for its progressive, modern elegance. From the show stand, it was sold new to a Mr. Migliaccio of Italy. It resurfaced in the early 1970s in the hands of none other than Formula 1 World Champion and noted motoring enthusiast Phil Hill, who had it repainted in its original black livery. In 1983 it was sold to Duke Davenport of Tucson, Arizona who thoroughly enjoyed driving and showing the car. In his ownership, it was awarded an AACA National First Place in San Diego, California – an event Mr. Davenport proudly drove to and from in this gorgeous Talbot-Lago. Following Mr. Davenport’s passing, the Talbot-Lago went to Omaha, Nebraska-based Don Sears in the late 1990s, then on to two subsequent owners, the latter of which treated the car to a sympathetic cosmetic restoration which included all new paintwork and interior trim. Following the restoration, the car was shown at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance where it earned a class prize. Today, the Talbot-Lago presents in lovely condition, the restoration having mellowed nicely and the car taking on a rich and inviting charm. The high quality Chapron coachwork is nicely detailed with its split and louvered bonnet, sliding sunroof, and driving lamps atop the beautifully sculpted bumpers. The flowing and streamlined design is interspersed with restrained flashes of chrome and geometric vents in the wings. It rides on gorgeous 18” Rudge chrome wire wheels, with the brake drums painted medium red to accent the lighter of the two body tones. It is a beautiful design and presented in fine order with a good older restoration, high quality finishes and excellent bright work. The two-tone red theme continues inside with the red seats and door cards featuring exotic ostrich inserts. Burgundy wool carpets are bound in red leather, and the interior fittings and hardware are very well-presented. The wood door caps are beautiful, and the dash is done in painted wood-grain to match. Correct French Jaeger instruments and a Bayard clock are in good order, as is the switchgear and original four-spoke steering wheel. The boot has been trimmed in carpet to match, and is likewise in excellent condition. Beneath the two-piece louvered bonnet lays the 4.5-liter Tony Lago-designed inline six, which breathes through twin Zenith carburetors. The engine, #26538, produces a very healthy 170 horsepower, driving the rear wheels via a Wilson Pre-Select transmission, as equipped from new. It is very well presented in clean and tidy order, appearing very original and largely correct. Thankfully the restorers were careful to preserve the car’s original feel, as it has only received restoration work as-needed over the years, having never been fully torn down. That original quality, in combination with powerful inline six and light, nimble race-derived chassis make this Talbot-Lago T-26 is an absolute pleasure to drive. The rare and elegant Henri Chapron Coachwork impart impeccable style to form what is the ideal formula for a classic Talbot-Lago: Stunning looks and breathtaking performance in one beautifully crafted package. This fine automobile would make an excellent touring companion, is worthy for mid-level shows and concours and it has the performance and comfort to make an outstanding choice for rallies.
nicely restored, 6cyl, Wilson preselector (from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia) Talbot was an automobile marque that existed from 1903 to 1986, with a hiatus from 1960 to 1978, under a number of different owners, latterly under Peugeot. Talbot participated in rallying, winning the 1981 World Rally Championship constructors' title, and in Formula One. Talbot was originally the British marque used to sell imported French Clément-Bayard cars. Founded in 1903, this business venture was financed by Charles Chetwynd-Talbot, 20th Earl of Shrewsbury and Adolphe Clément-Bayard. Starting in 1905, the company sold imported cars under the Clément-Talbot marque and began assembling French-made parts at a new factory located in Barlby Road, Ladbroke Grove, North Kensington, London, selling them under the name Talbot. Domestically-designed cars followed from 1906. By 1910, 50 to 60 cars a month were being made. A Talbot was the first car to cover 100 mph (160 km/h), in 1913. During World War I, the firm manufactured ambulances. French and British operations continued in separate, parallel production and marketing processes until 1919, when British-owned but Paris-based Darracq took over the com
*SIMILAR QUALITY CARS ALWAYS REQUIRED* SOLD Thinking of selling? Our proven commission sale or SOR (Sale or Return) program is a great way to utilise and access our professional services and facilities while still maximising the return from your vehicle with minimal hassle, stress and time, If you’d like to take advantage of this then please get in touch for further information. Alternatively If you’d like to move your vehicle on quickly and efficiently with minimal delay then we can make an offer on an outright purchase basis with payment and collection arranged soon after. An incredibly rare and versatile Talbot Matra Rancho with just 34,590 miles from new. EQUIPMENT Moulded bumpers, body side protection, front crash bar, laminated windscreen, tinted glass, two speed wipers, locking petrol cap, tailgate wash/wipe, heated rear window, sliding rear windows, halogen headlamps, auxiliary driving lamps, roof rack, cigar lighter, split tailgate, inertia reel seatbelts, Veglia clock. Dealer fit options; Additional revolving search lamps. EXTERIOR This remarkable survivor is a testament to the pioneering vision of Talbot to create arguably the worlds first sports utility and family saloon hybrid. This brilliant Rancho is finished in Talbot White and presents amazingly well with a bright uniform shine. All trim sections and rugged body mouldings are intact and in excellent order, as is the glass. The optional extra and impossible to source, scuttle mounted search lamps, are intact although one has a small crack in the plastic housing and the driving lamps have minor internal chrome deterioration. Remedial paintwork has been carried out over the years to a good standard and this car has been the on regular show on the Talbot show stand. This hugely versatile example has been further adapted for wheel chair access when new by Smulders Systems whilst permanently retaining the rear bench seat. This conversion is facilitated by a rear lowering ramp and an ingenuous electric motor fitted to compress the rear springs and lower the entire rear of the car and allow effortless wheelchair access with safety restraint belt fitted. The ultimate dare to be different classic! INTERIOR The rugged, practical and hugely comfortable interior space is completely original. The large reclining front seats and matching rear bench in grey vinyl with check cloth centre panels are immaculate and completely free from wear, commensurate with such a low mileage example. The durable and washable rubber floor coverings are completely intact and the clean headlining is in excellent order with only three nicks to the fabric. The delightfully sparse yet functional dashboard and fascia are pristine and completely original even down to the working factory radio and electric clock! The gauges display healthy readings with no warning lights and all controls and functions operate seamlessly. A tremendously well preserved interior, exactly as Talbot Matra intended. ENGINE & TRANSMISSION The original four cylinder 1442cc engine produces 80bhp and 88.5lb.ft of torque allowing fair performance in modern traffic with a top speed of 90mph and 0-62 time of 16.3 seconds. The engine fires up instantly and is surprisingly quiet, most unlike a Talbot! The four speed all synchromesh gearbox is vague but exactly correct in its operation and the driver soon becomes accustomed to its use. WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES The factory fitted styled pressed steel wheels remain fitted and are shod in branded 185/70 R14 tyres. The oversize wheels together with uprated suspension offer increased ground clearance over the saloon car variants and cement the appeal of this dependable leisure vehicle. Hydraulic dual circuit braking system with vacuum servo assistance incorporate 9.2in front discs and 9in rear drums to offers impressive stopping power. HISTORY FILE Supplied new by Peugeot Talbot Main Dealer George Blair Addlestone Ltd, this example was registered new on 25th May 1983. A fantastic history file with comprehensive MOT history fully documents the incredibly low 34,590 miles covered, and a vast collection of invoices clearly illustrate the cossetted ownership. The original handbook and dealer guides are present and even the ‘Talbot Certicarte’ identity card forms part of the impressive history file. Sold by KGF Classic Cars in 2014 to an avid car enthusiast who had searched hard for a number of years unsuccessfully to find such a car. During his ownership the car has enjoyed the show circuit including the 2017 Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show at Birmingham’s NEC where it featured pride of place on the Talbot official stand. Of 57,792 vehicles produced and with only four licensed examples remaining on UK roads, this pioneering and perhaps the worlds first ‘soft roader’ represents an incredibly rare survivor with immense practicality, versatility and onlooker intrigue in abundance! MOT April 2018, HPI Clear. To see a video of this car please copy the link below: http://youtu.be/4KvuBBXBs8g To see a full set of photographs of this car please copy the link below: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kgfclassiccars/sets/72157645108606221 'Like us' or 'Follow us' for exciting new cars coming soon at KGF Classic Cars: https://www.facebook.com/KGFClassiccar https://twitter.com/KGFClassicCars
*SIMILAR CLASSIC CARS ALWAYS REQUIRED* SOLD Thinking of selling? Our proven commission sale or SOR (Sale or Return) program is a great way to utilise and access our professional services and facilities while still maximising the return from your vehicle with minimal hassle, stress and time, If you’d like to take advantage of this then please get in touch for further information. Alternatively If you’d like to move your vehicle on quickly and efficiently with minimal delay then we can make an offer on an outright purchase basis with payment and collection arranged soon after. A characterful Talbot Samba LS with just 37,278 miles from new. EQUIPMENT Twin bodyside tapes, driver’s remote static door mirror, load adjustable halogen headlamps, electric screen wash, tailgate wash/wipe, heated rear window, side window demisters, cigar lighter, quartz clock, centre console, trip recorder, felt load space covering, 2-speed heater/blower, front seat head restraints, removable fold down rear seat, driver and passenger fascia parcel shelf, rear parcel shelf, courtesy light. Dealer options; S spec alloy wheels, mud flaps, driving lamps. EXTERIOR This very rare Talbot Samba LS based on the Peugeot 104 and Citroen LNA was manufactured by the PSA Group at the former Simca factory in Poissy, France. Finished in Jonquil (Jaune Camargue – code CJ), the paintwork presents well with only minor imperfections and evidence of remedial cosmetic work undertaken. All trim sections, decals and badges are in excellent order and the supplying dealer number plates and rear screen sticker remain with the car. A sporting rally style is achieved with the addition of spot lamps and Samba S alloy wheels, a revision easily reversed should personal taste dictate! Structurally excellent, this quirky dare to be different is your perfect entry level useable classic. INTERIOR The interior of this low mileage example is spotlessly clean and surprisingly very comfortable. The original Havana Chequers seat trim is remarkably wear free with no discolouration or fading and just one miniscule nick to the passenger base. The simplistic dashboard is virtually perfect and houses sparse but fully functional controls, gauges and switchgear, all with the typical 1980’s French plastic feel! A straight and uncut rear parcel shelf is present and rises with the hatch as intended. A Mountney sports steering wheel has been fitted but the original item is retained with the car. The boot area is clean and houses the original wheel brace and jack. A capable modern classic interior with an abundance of character! ENGINE & TRANSMISSION Fitted with the time proven 954cc four cylinder PSA XV engine with a power output of 44bhp, this economical supermini benefits from shared mechanicals with its Peugeot and Citroen siblings to ensure ease of upkeep. A very clean engine bay neatly houses the spare wheel and features factory stickers and plates clear to see. The four speed all synchromesh gearbox is light and slightly vague, exactly as Talbot made them! WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES Five upgrade Samba S alloys wheels are shod in matching branded 155/70 R13 tyres with excellent tread. The bright white wheels are complimented by Talbot embossed mud flaps to complete the rally theme. Dual circuit brakes with 240mm front discs and 180mm rear drums offer ample stopping power. HISTORY FILE Supplied new by Peugeot Talbot Main Dealer Triangle of Hull , this example was registered new on 25th May 1983 and has covered a mere 37,278 miles from new. A new vehicle sales invoice made out to first owner Mr C E Shirbon Esq illustrates a purchase price of £3,695 less a part exchange allowance of £350 for a Simca GLS saloon! The fantastic history file features the original factory build cards and Carte Identification along with the Talbot CertiCarte card. The vehicle book packs and guides are all present along with the service record containing a number of supplying dealer stamps and another recent entry dated June 2015 with only 30 miles covered since. A collection of MOT certificates and an original spare set of keys complete the history file. Fun, frugal and exuding personality, dare to be different with this cheeky little Samba! MOT August 2017, HPI Clear. To see a video of this car please click on the link below: https://youtu.be/SZ4O6F7bb3o To see a full set of photographs of this car please click on the link below: https://www.flickr.com/gp/kgfclassiccars/MT4652 'Like us' or 'Follow us' for exciting new cars coming soon at KGF Classic Cars: https://www.facebook.com/KGFClassiccar https://twitter.com/KGFClassicCars