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Lot 242: Talbot Lago T26 Record - 4.5 Litre Cabriolet

Techno Classica, Coys (2 April 2011)

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 Grand Prix and 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.

This magnificent original Graber bodied Talbot Lago 4.5 litre is indeed a very rare find and has resided untouched in the Automuseum Schloss Langenburg in Germany for the last 30 years. In 1982 this collector's item was purchased from Richard von Frankenbergs widow by the late F�rst Kraft zu Hohenlohe - Langenburg for display in his museum. Needless to say, this iconic vehicle is an unmolested and highly original example of Talbot - Lago fame, one of the most respected French car builders of a bygone era. Offered for sale for the first time since 1982, this car is definitely suitable for any collection of this prestigious marque and most certainly an unrepeatable opportunity.

The car is equipped with the 4.5 litre engine, the optional 3 Zenith-Stromberg carburettors giving 195bhp instead of the 170bhp of the standard 2 carburettor engine, a Wilson pre selector gearbox and its ground breaking original drophead coupe coachwork by Swiss coachbuilder Graber. In need of a light and careful re-commissioning to make it roadworthy, this car deserves to be again at the most prestigious classic car venues worldwide. Simply unrepeatable.

Lot Details
Auction Techno Classica
Coys, Essen, Germany
TypeCar
Lot Number242
Estimate€90000-€140000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)€93900
Year1949
Condition rating0
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Chassis numberT26 100 400
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