This Very special Talbot Lago T26 was sold to it’s first owner a Mr Amiel in the Perpignan area in France in 1947, It was apparently supplied with no bodywork and in chassis and engine form for a bespoke bodywork to be supplied by the customer.
The chassis is shortened and the car was supplied with extremely rare Racing parts such as a complete racing specification GS engine with aluminium head, special Weber DCO3 Carburetors, aluminium wide sump, special competition GS brakes with enormous aluminium drums, a GP specification gearbox and numerous other “works type” modifications.
Mr Amiel owned the car until around 1970 when it was sold to a Mr Mette in south West France, We have a letter on file from the son of the second owner who was interviewed a few years back and states that he remembers the car quite clearly when his farther bought it, as a rough and rather ugly sports car that went very quickly indeed! (exactly as it is today) His farther used it a little but kept it mostly on display in a Museum in the south of France until it closed. The car was then taken back and used occasionally before selling to a dealer in the early 80’s. The car went through the hands of a few more dealers before ending up in Belgium with a gentleman who kept the car for many years, driving it and racing it in club level events including the Brussels Grand Prix and numerous other events. Now it is in the collection of a well-known Dutch enthusiast who competed successfully in the 2015 and 2016 Mille Miglia with the car. Only for sale now due to a change of plans.
We don’t know much detail about it’s early (pre 1970) life other than the name of the owner, and that it was supplied with no bodywork. We have had the car inspected by well-known Talbot-Lago expert Tony Bianchi who states in another letter we have on file, that the chassis has been shortened extremely professionally and it actually took him more than an hour to find out where it was actually shortened, the work has been done in such a way as to suggest it could have been done at the factory. As the engine is the original one supplied by the factory and is of such a high specification with the full GS spec aluminium cylinder head and sump etc, and fitted with the original racing option of three Weber 45 DCO3 carburetors and large GS racing brakes, there seems a very likely possibility that the car was always intended for racing.
We feel that the bodywork was probably re-made during the latter part of Amiel’s ownership as it is made poorly and of steel, we presume that the original racing body was damaged and that Amiel later had the body re-made by a local garage / handyman sometime before selling it. We cannot imagine that the mechanical work which is of such high standard was done by the same hands. Quick research has unfortunately not given us any answers. Some serious investigation and research hopefully would reveal the answers. Unfortunately we nor the current owner has the time for this.
The car drives extremely well and is very fast with good handling and very good brakes as you can imagine from a car of this specification. Imagine how fast it would have been with its original aluminium bodywork!
Wommelgem, 2160, Antwerp