1954 Talbot Lago T 26 Grand SportSOLD

Grandes Marques Auction, MECC, Maastricht NL, Saturday 13th January 2007

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Estimate: €135,000-160,000

Sold: €120,000

It is a common fantasy among motoring enthusiasts to drive a Grand Prix car or a Le Mans winner on the road. Owners of the Talbots built by Antonio Lago realised that dream because every car which Lago built until the mid-1950s was directly related to Talbot's competition models, which won Grands Prix and won Le Mans.
Antonio Lago acquired Talbot in 1935 and, in four years, propelled it from a respected marque to a great one which was a favourite with coachbuilders such as Figoni et Falaschi. After the war it continued to make some of the world's finest cars and production soon reached over 400 a year.

The future of Talbot looked assured until the French government imposed massive taxes which caused the great tradition of Grandes Routieres (and their attendant coachbuilders) to disappear virtually overnight, although Talbot, the last survivor, soldiered on until 1959.

The Talbot Lago T26 Grand Sport was presented at the Paris car show in 1953 and was, with a price tag of 2,775,000 French Francs easily the most expensive car on offer at the whole show. It boasted the race-proven and reliable 4 Litre straight six engine, which, aspirated by three Solex 40 PAI carburettors and producing 210 hp, propelled the car to an impressive top speed of 195 km/h.

Gear change was provided by a Wilson pre-selector gearbox. The coachwork was an in-house design as opposed to the pre-war efforts of the likes of Figoni & Falaschi. Designed by Carlo Delaisse, it was nevertheless a very imposing and elegant design and provided luxurious space for the driver and front passenger and enough space to accommodate two adults at least for shorter journeys in the back seats. The interior was lavishly clad with the finest hide. Although obviously not a lightweight, some excess pounds were shed by the use of aluminium for the bonnet, boot lid and door panels. It is believed that just 23 examples were built with only 11 surviving today.

Being Chassis No. 111003, this particular right hand drive Grand Sport is believed to be only the third ever built. It has undergone a painstaking restoration in 2000 - 2001 where no less than ­ 100,000 have been spent to bring the car to its current splendour. Described by the vendor as excellent in every respect, it is finished in the very elegant colour combination of dark blue with a beige leather interior. Even the engine is of a beautiful design with reminisces of an earlier Art Deco style. This stylish long distance tourer of this evocative marque is supplied with Belgian documents and is sure to be enjoyed by its proud new owners for many years to come.

Reference Number 5529

as of 12/22/2006

Car 1954 Talbot Lago T 26 Grand Sport
VIN 111003