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Talbot Lago T26 Grand Sport Short Chassis Barchetta by Motto 1950

Anthony Lago, when established as the new director of the Talbot SA company at Suresnes (near Paris) in 1933, brought new vitality into the already well established car company. His idea was to build cars that could win races. He was convinced that racing was not only the best test-bed, but also the greatest promotional platform. His development concept was to use as many production car components as possible, hence reaching a high degree of reliability and endurance. The results were impressive, since no less than 21 first, 21 second and 18 third places were achieved in international Grand Prix and Sports Cars races between 1936 and 1951. This included outright wins at Le Mans in 1950 and a 5th place in the Carrera Panamericana race in the same year with Louis Rosier in the 4,5 litre Talbot Lago.

In 1948, Talbot Lago decided to build a road version of the T26 4,5 litre Grand Sport, destined to be for road use by such wealthy clients such as King Michael of Rumania, King Ibn Saud and the Bey of Tunis. Very much based on the T26C Single Seater, these cars featured the competition specification, the Wilson pre-selector gearbox and the 2,65 m wheelbase short chassis. A total of 29 cars were made as rolling chassis, destined to be bodied by the most prestigious coachbuilders such as Figoni Falaschi, Chapron, Saoutchik etc..

Five of the 29 customers decided to take a different route. They felt that these T26 Grand Sport with their competition specification would guarantee excellent results if entered in International Rallies.  This particular car, chassis Number 110152 is one of the five cars. It was delivered in October 1950 as a rolling chassis to Michel Collange and Robert Huguet (friends of racing driver Louis Rosier) and entered in rallies in the original Perret coupe body form, regrettably resulting in the car catching fire in the 1951 “Rally de la Gentiane”. Louis Rosier helped with the introduction to famous Italian coachbuilder Motto of Turin who designed and installed the car’s present unique aluminium Barchetta body in 1952.

Throughout the car’s life, 110152 was always in excellent hands, amongst them with Guy Durif (friend of Maurice Trintigant), Jean Estager (7th 1950 Le Mans, winner 1957 Akropolis Rally with a Ferrari 250 GTO), Antoine Raffaelli, Pierre Bonnal (Monoplace Décallée) and Nicolas Springer. Since 1998, 110152 has formed part of a private Swiss collection.

Specifications : Engine specification: 6-cylinder, 4482 cc. twin-cam engine 210 hp - Gearbox 4-speed Wilson Pre-selector -

This car was exhibited by LUKAS HÜNI AG at 2012 Retromobile in Paris.

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