This very rare car was was clearly very expensive when it was new and if you look closely at the quality of design and construction as well as the trim and detailing you can see that nobody was going round the Talbot Lago works complaining that things should not be included because they were too expensive! It is powered by Lago's 120 bhp 2.7 litre four cylinder twin cam hemispherical combustion chamber engine which is mated to a Wilson preselector gearbox so it has got plenty of power and it has decent handling and brakes to match so it's ideally suited for comfortable long distance cruising. It has a comprehensive set of Jaeger instrumentation and some very period-looking controls all set in painted metal dashboard as you might expect from a French car of this period plus a sprung steering wheel which is a work of art in its own right! By the way I have a copy of an Automobile Magazine road test of this actual car which has more pictures as well as a brief history of its development - I can e-mail this to you if you are interested in learning more. This is a rare opportunity to buy into the Talbot Lago marque which should not be missed! '
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Recreation utilizing genuine period parts and chassis. History of the Talbot T150c sports racing cars. In 1936 the Automobile Club de France announced a new formula for sports cars, this was a protest against the total dominance in Grand Prix racing of the German teams of Auto Union and Mercedes Benz. French manufacturers responded to the challenge, Delage, Delahaye. Bugatti, and the Paris Suresnes company of Talbot Darraq where a new sports racing car was built using a well developed chassis. Talbot company chief designer Walter Becchia produced a redesign of the already successful 3 litre engine with an increase to 3,989 cc, a low mounted single camshaft and an alloy hemispherical combustion chamber cylinder head feeding 3 downdraft Zenith carburetors, it gave these engines a nominal 165 bhp with exceptional torque and made the T150c amongst the fastest sports cars of the pre war period, well capable of exceeding 130 mph. They achieved excellent success in both sports car racing and stripped of their road equipment in Grand Prix events, with great drivers such as Etancelin, Chiron, Sommer. Only 6 of the T150c cars were built. Chassis numbers 82930 to 82935. In the post war period
The success of the early post war 4.5 litre Talbot Lago T26c “Monoplace” Grand Prix cars was partly due to their simplicity, reliability and low fuel consumption. Consequently they lent to being modified and developed into a sports racing car. The opposition during those early days came from Ferrari with the 166 that won Le Mans in 1950. Jaguar with the new “C” type, Allard with the J2x, and Aston Martin. Anthony Lago felt that there was real possibility to compete in endurance races such as the Le Mans 24 Hour race and win with a sports car based on the T26C. Rosier, in 1950 with minimal chassis modifications which included slightly displacing the engine gearbox left of centre and the steering column moved to the right gave the car the perfect proportions to make into a two seat sports car. The first cars were open wheel with cycle wings, fully equipped with lights and road equipment. The advantage being that by removing the wings and lights the car could still be used as a Grand Prix car ! Unique in the post war period with a big engined car. In sports car racing of the early 50’s the Talbot - Lago T 26 GS sports cars excelled ! The famous drives that go down in history were at L