1938 Talbot-Lago T150C Teardrop Coupe / 90109 Vehicle Information

1938 Talbot-Lago T150C photograph

1938 Talbot-Lago T150C photograph

1938 Talbot-Lago T150C photograph

1938 Talbot-Lago T150C photograph

1938 Talbot-Lago T150C photograph

1938 Talbot-Lago T150C photograph

1938 Talbot-Lago T150C photograph

1938 Talbot-Lago T150C1938 Talbot-Lago T150C1938 Talbot-Lago T150C1938 Talbot-Lago T150C1938 Talbot-Lago T150C1938 Talbot-Lago T150C1938 Talbot-Lago T150C
Teardrop Coupe
Coachwork: Figoni & Falaschi
Chassis #: 90109
Almost 70 years after they were created, one of Figoni & Falaschi's voluptuous teardrop coupes will stop any viewer in their tracks. The dramatic teardrop shape is echoed in both the windows and the fenders and is considered Joseph Figoni's masterwork. It is an iconic design of the streamlined automobile movement. Approximately 16 of these beautiful automobiles were ever built.

This vehicle is a 1938 Talbot-Lago 'Special' 150 SS Goutte d'Eau Coupe with coachwork by Figoni & Falaschi. The Talbot-Lago's were elegant and sporty. They could be driven to a concours d'elegance, leave with top honors. Competition did not end there for this machines, they had a successful racing career that included a podium finish at the LeMans 24 Hour Race.

It is believed that only eleven cars were constructed in this body style, plus five notchback 'Jeancart' Gouttes d'Eau. The word Gouttes d'Eau translates to 'Teardop'. The design was championed by the Paris Coachbuilding Firm, Figoni & Falaschi. The design gave the illusion of motion even at a stand-still. Since these were hand built cars, each vehicle has different and unique characteristics.

This car was purchased by Mrs. Robin Byng who saw it on display at the 1938 Paris Salon. Her husband was the son of the Earl of Strafford. Together, they enjoyed this car in France prior to World War II. The car was commandeered by the Nazis during the war and its tires were stolen. The interior did not fair so well either, as it was ripped and torn. The Byngs were later able to recover the war once peace time arrived.

The car was later imported into England where it was given a proper restoration. Upon completion, it was offered for sale at a very expensive price. The price was later lowered slightly, and it was purchased by Rob Walter. Walter, a racing car driver, had been seeking acquisition of the car for a while, before it came into his possession. Upon receiving the car, he fitted it with several modifications such as a Lockheed conversion for the brakes. The Wilson gearbox was switched with a Cotal which required no use of the clutch except for the initial starting off. The 6.00x17 tires were replaced with 5.25x17-inch.

This car was used at the 1949 LeMans 24-Hour race by Walker as his test car.

The car was in the ownership of Mrs. Gladys Gehrt, a United States, resident from the 1960s to 1974. It was sold to John Calley of Beverley Hills who kept the car until 1985, when it was sold to Tom Barrett. It was later traded to John Wallerich. In 1992, it was apart of the Blackhawk Auto Collection. It was added to the Rosso Bianco Collection later in that year.

This car was offered for sale at the 2006 Bonhams & Butterfields auction held at the Quail Lodge in Carmel, California, though it failed to find a buyer.


By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2009


2006 Bonhams & Butterfields at The Quail Lodge, Resort & Golf Club

Lot was not sold

1938 Talbot-Lago T150C Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1938 sales)
1938 Talbot-Lago T150-C SS Teardrop Cabriolet by Figoni et Falaschi
Chassis#: 90111
Sold for USD$7,150,000
  2013 RM Auction - Art of the Automobile
 
1938 Talbot Lago T150C 'Lago Spéciale' cabriolet
Chassis#: 90039
Sold for USD$276,986
  2013 Bonhams - Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais
1938 Talbot-Lago T150C image  1938 Talbot-Lago T150C image  
1938 Talbot-Lago T150-C SS Teardrop Coupé by Figoni et Falaschi
Chassis#: 90112
Sold for USD$4,473,253
  2011 RM Auctions - Villa d'Este
1938 Talbot-Lago T150C image  1938 Talbot-Lago T150C image  
1938 Talbot-Lago T150-C Lago Speciale Teardrop Coupe
Chassis#: 90034
Sold for USD$4,620,000
  2010 RM Auctions - Sports & Classics of Monterey
1938 Talbot-Lago T150C image  1938 Talbot-Lago T150C image  
1938 Talbot-Lago T150-C Lago Teardrop Coupe
Chassis#: 90034
Sold for USD$3,685,000
  2005 The Monterey Sports and Classic Car Auction
1938 Talbot-Lago T150C image  1938 Talbot-Lago T150C image  

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1938 Talbot-Lago T150C's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1938 TALBOT-LAGO T150C Lago Spéciale Cabriolet900392017 Bonhams : The Amelia Island Auction $1,200,000$1,500,000
1938 Talbot-Lago T150 C SS 2006 Bonhams & Butterfields at The Quail Lodge, Resort & Golf Club   

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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Talbot-Lago T150C SS1937 Coupe
Chassis Num: 82928
Chassis information for the Talbot-Lago T150C SS1937 Coupe
Chassis Num: 90103
Engine Num: 85018
Chassis information for the Talbot-Lago T150C SS1937 Coupe
Chassis Num: 90105
Engine Num: 85019
Chassis information for the Talbot-Lago T150C SS1937 Coupe
Chassis Num: 90107
Engine Num: 173180
Chassis information for the Talbot-Lago T150C SS1937 Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Figoni & Falaschi
Chassis Num: 90111
Chassis information for the Talbot-Lago T150C SS1937 Teardrop Roadster
Coachbuilder: Figoni & Falaschi
Chassis Num: 90115
Chassis information for the Talbot-Lago T150C1938 Goutte d'Eau Coupe
Coachbuilder: Figoni & Falaschi
Chassis information for the Talbot-Lago T150C1938 Cabriolet Roadster
Coachbuilder: Figoni & Falaschi
Chassis Num: 90019 T1500
Chassis information for the Talbot-Lago T150C1938 LWB Teardrop Coupe
Coachbuilder: Figoni & Falaschi
Chassis Num: 90034
Chassis information for the Talbot-Lago T150C1938 Lago Spéciale Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Figoni & Falaschi
Chassis Num: 90039
Chassis information for the Talbot-Lago T150C1938 Teardrop Coupe
Coachbuilder: Figoni & Falaschi
Chassis Num: 90109
Chassis information for the Talbot-Lago T150C1938 Teardrop Coupe
Coachbuilder: Figoni & Falaschi
Chassis Num: 90112
Chassis information for the Talbot-Lago T150C1938 Goutte d'Eau Coupe
Coachbuilder: Figoni & Falaschi
Chassis Num: 90117
Chassis information for the Talbot-Lago T150 C SS1939 Coupe
Chassis Num: 90060
Engine Num: 85178
Chassis information for the Talbot-Lago T150 C SS1939 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Pourtout
Chassis Num: 90119
Chassis information for the Talbot-Lago T150 C SS1939 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Pourtout
Chassis Num: 90120
Engine Num: 17318-C


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