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Lot 20

2013   |   Scottsdale Auctions 2013

1939 Talbot-Lago T150 C Coupe

SOLD $418,000

Estimate

$450,000 - $650,000

Chassis

90060

Engine

85178

Car Highlights

An Outstanding Long-Chassis Talbot-Lago
Show-Winning Restoration
Pebble Beach First in Class Winner
Kept from the Public Eye in Recent Years
CCCA Full Classic

Technical Specs

3,996 CC OHV Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
Triple Zenith Stromberg EX32 Carburetors
148 BHP at 5,250 RPM
4-Speed Wilson Preselect Transmission
4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes
Independent Front Suspension with Transverse Leaf Spring
Live Rear Axle with Semi-Elliptical Leaf Springs and Houdaille Shock Absorbers
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This beautifully proportioned coupe is believed to be one of the final T150 Cs built and carries Talbot-Lago factory coachwork. Built on the longer 2,950 mm chassis and delivered to a French doctor, the T150 C spent its first years quietly hidden away until the end of the war. After coming to Southern California in the 1950s, the Talbot-Lago was kept in Santa Barbara until it was acquired by Richard Straman in the mid-1970s.

In the years that followed, this sporting Talbot-Lago underwent a thorough restoration at Mr. Straman’s own workshops with the goal of achieving success on the lawn at Pebble Beach. The coachwork was changed from gray to an appropriate dark shade of French Blue, which is offset by judicious use of chrome accenting the fenders and a thin line of brightwork that encircles the body.

The interior of the Talbot-Lago takes full advantage of its long wheelbase, offering spacious room for four. The crimson leather and carpet are a lively complement to the exterior, and blend well with the light-colored wooden door caps and metal with faux wood-grain dash. A full set of Jaeger instruments and leaf spring-type steering wheel reflect the T150 C’s competition roots.

In 1986, the rare Talbot-Lago looked stunning as it rolled onto the fairway at Pebble Beach and took First in Class honors. In 1987, this T150 C was the featured car in an extensive Salon article in Road & Track magazine, recounting the Talbot-Lago company’s history. In the years that followed, the Talbot-Lago won top honors at a CCCA Grand Classic and was judged 100 points on subsequent concours outings prior to its acquisition by the consignor in 2002.

Today, over 25 years since its restoration was completed, the T150 C still presents with integrity; its engine bay still appears well-detailed and correctly appointed, as do the interior and rear-opening trunk. It should be noted that this Talbot-Lago is eligible to make a return trip to Pebble Beach and would make a fantastic pre-war entry on the most popular rallies and tours. Built for comfortable high-speed touring, this T150 C represents an opportunity to acquire a high- performance, dual-purpose French classic.