French Classic Cars Collection 1937-1951
Auction organised by Osenat at Retromobile Paris, on Feb. 3rd, 2024.
Sales details on www.osenat.com

Talbot-Lago T150C

ROADSTER – 1937 

Red and Black, a moving story

The Legacy of Power

It’s the same hemispherical cylinder head engine that secured the top three positions at the Grand Prix de l’Automobile Club de France in 1937. This speaks volumes about how, in expert hands, the T150C can be remarkably effective.

Yet, in our contemporary era, in daily use, the T150C remains easy to handle and requires no particular maintenance.

Athletic Alliance and Refined Comfort

Primarily a sports car, it still maintains comfort with its telescopic shock absorbers, a rarity in 1937.

A Unique and Touching History

It’s also a true two-seater, whose first owner, at the end of the 1940s, decided to modify the grille and shock absorbers. We’ve chosen not to restore it to its original state, considering that these modifications are part of its history, a history that is quite touching, to say the least.

Details

Only 3 owners since 1937

The Talbot was bought in 1937 by its first owner in 1937, he sold it in 1977 to its second owner who will sell it to JWA Classic in 2018. Hard to make it simpler. During its life it has undergone two modifications: the grille and the color.

Paris Show 1937

ts first owner, Mr. F., most likely purchased it at the 1937 Paris Motor Show. What leads us to think so? Its first registration date on the registration card, November 16, 1937, confirms this hypothesis, as do the distinctive drawings on the valve cover (‘bouchonnage’ in French), which, according to Richard Adatto’s book ‘From Passion to Perfection’ (p. 62), indicate cars that were presented at the Paris Salon.

Moreover, Mr. F. also bought another T150 C—when? We do not know—but with a coupe body.

The grille

Originally, the Talbot had a classic grille as shown in a photo of the time reproduced here. But a document we have recovered explains that Mr F. had the grille transformed in the late 40’s to better match the fashion of the time.

Moving story of the color

Mr. F. was a passionate collector of sports cars. And he also had a passion for the color red.
So all his cars were red.
One day one of Mr. F.’s sons had a fatal accident with one of his cars.
From then on, Mr. F. had all his cars repainted in black.
The Talbot was still black, in 1977, when Mr. D. bought it.
He repainted it in red and black.

French Classic Cars Collection 1937-1951
Auction organised by Osenat at Retromobile Paris, on Feb. 3rd, 2024.
Sales details on www.osenat.com