2021 | Pebble Beach Auctions
1951 Talbot T-15 LB
From The Mullin Automotive Museum
Coachwork by Chapron
$15,000 - $25,000| Without Reserve
Custom Coachwork by the Celebrated Atelier of Henri Chapron
Resided in the Schlumpf Collection Before Being Acquired by the Mullin Automotive Museum
Rare Example of the Baby Berliner Body
Extremely Well-Preserved Example
Two Stromberg Carburetors
120 BHP at 4,500 RPM
4-Speed Synchromesh Gearbox
4-Wheel Drum Brakes
Front Solid-Axle and Rear Live Axle with Semi-Elliptical Leaf Springs
The Talbot-Lago T-15 LB, also known as the Lago Baby, closely resembled its more powerful, elder sibling, the Record, but on closer inspection, the Lago Baby sedan was slightly shorter by just 20 cm. It was powered by a 2,690 cc engine with four cylinders, which produced an output of 120 hp or 15 CV (Cheval Fiscal). While many of these motorcars were coached as a four-door sedan or a two-door open tourer, there were exceptions as this attractive two-door-bodied example demonstrates.
Chassis 121587 is a rare example coached by Henri Chapron Carrossier of Paris. The motorcar was acquired by Fritz Schlumpf for his renowned collection of over 450 cars in North Eastern France, but was confiscated by the French government in 1977. Schlumpf’s widow, Arlette, entered into a 22-year legal battle with the state to have the cars returned to her family. Eventually, 62 cars were released, and became known as the Reserve Collection. In 2009, the entire group of 62 cars was acquired by Peter Mullin, including this T-15 LB.
This car has resided in prestigious collections for much of its life and deserves to be preserved as an important historical artifact as the final swan song of a respected and celebrated marque. It is an exceptionally well-preserved example retaining a considerable amount of its original finishes such as portions of the paint, interior, chrome, and glass.