A masterpiece that saved the Talbot company upon its introduction in 1926, the 14/45 model bristled with novel features including flywheel fans, 'knitting needle' pushrods, knife-edge rockers and a 'bathtub' head resulting in 45bhp and 65mph top speed. Marketed as 'Britain's safest car', it would lead to the illustrious 75, 90, 105 and 110 models. First registered to Lord Hugh Beresford of Ireland as a gift for his 21st Birthday, this rare Weymann Coupe (the club knows of only two others) is believed to have been used by the Home Guard as a mobile observation post during the Second World War. After the death of the previous keeper of 27 years, it was acquired by the vendor and subjected to a mechanical overhaul. In 2015, it received new piston rings, valves and a battery whilst the Dynostart has also been overhauled. Costing _425 when new, this rare survivor is offered with a collection of invoices, original instruction manual, period photographs and current V5C document. Finished in black with a brown interior, 'UW 2200' is described as being in 'very original, oily rag' condition.
G. N. Georgano tells us in my favourite reference work, his excellent Complete Encyclopaedia of Motorcars, that Clement- Talbot had been suffering in the market since they had they had dropped their successful pre 1918 range of four cylinder cars. I think it is reasonable to assume that without chief engineer George Roesche’s new line of six cylinder cars which were introduced in the latter part of the 1920s, the company may well have been in serious trouble. The Talbot 14/45 was the first of this range which developed into the 75 then the 90, 105 and the 110 (one of which I also have for sale). Small capacity six cylinder cars were becoming fashionable about this time so the new Talbot would have had strong market appeal, particularly in view of its technically advanced engine with lightweight components giving higher revving, smooth running and greater power than many of its four cylinder competitors. Roesch had very little time for development so the car came to the market straight off the drawing board but was apparently so good that there were none of the usual new model snags and Talbot sold all they could make. According to a buff card logbook in the file this particular exa