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1949 Talbot-Lago T26 Grand Sport Four-Seat Cabriolet / 100047 Vehicle Information

1949 Talbot-Lago T26 Grand Sport photograph

1949 Talbot-Lago T26 Grand Sport
Sold for $375,500 at 2006 Bonhams & Butterfields at The Quail Lodge, Resort & Golf Club.
The 1949 Talbot-Lago T26 Grand Sport (GS) had a 4482cc engine with triple carburetors that was capable of producing 190 horsepower and carrying the car to a top speed around 125 mph. This made the T26 GS the world's fastest production chassis, a title it had taken away from its sibling, the Lago-Record. The vehicle was not without its growing pains; the engine produced a large amount of heat. The engine had been derived from its racing counterpart and was intended for high speed competition. Mounting the engine in road going cars meant the engine was often driven at slower speeds, where there was less air being circulated through the engine. Overheating was not uncommon. The coachbuilders, Figoni & Falaschi, tried to rectify this problem by given the cars adequately sized frontal grilles. The shape of the grill was copied for the interior dashboard vent grille.

The Figoni & Falaschi desings of the post-war era were, at times, criticized for being out-of-date. The designs had been used with much success during the 1930s, but by the 1940s many people were demanding more. The demand for custom coachbuilt cars was still alive in the post-war era, as there were at least 16 coachbuilders who exhibited at the 1948 Paris Salon. The designs by Figoni & Falaschi were still bold, daring, and some brought new styling cues, such fins and rear wings, which was used on their first post-war body, built atop a Lancia Belna chassis. Within a few years, GM would later do the same on their vehicles.

The post-war years were successful for the Figoni & Falaschi company. The company was now under the direction of Joseph Figoni's son, Claude. It was a miracle that Figoni could still produce automobiles after the war as their Paris factory had been taken over by the Germans and converted to making aircraft components. After the war, Figoni and Falaschi were able to recover their factory, and resume work.

This vehicle came equipped with hydraulic power top, air-conditioning, and a concealed remote control modern radio. These options make it clear that the cars purpose was for touring. To cope with the extra electrical demands of these modern devices, an alternator had been outfitted in the car.

It has been a museum exhibit for many years and has been driven very sparingly during that time. This car was offered for sale at the 2006 Bonhams & Butterfields auction held at the Quail Lodge in Carmel, California where it was estimated to sell between $300,000 - $400,000. The car did find a buyer, one that was willing to pay with a high bid of $375,500.


By Daniel Vaughan | May 2007



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

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $300,000-USD $400,000 
Sale Price :
USD $375,500

1949 Talbot-Lago T26 Grand Sport Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1949 sales)
1949 Talbot Lago T26 Grand Sport SWB par Saoutchik
Chassis#: 110109
Sold for USD$1,938,680
  2015 Rétromobile by Artcurial Motorcars
 
1949 TALBOT-LAGO T-26 GRAND SPORT COUPE FRANAY
Chassis#: 110123
Sold for USD$1,650,000
  2015 Barrett-Jackson - Scottsdale
1949 Talbot-Lago T26 Grand Sport image  1949 Talbot-Lago T26 Grand Sport image  
1949 Talbot-Lago T26 Grand Sport Coupé
Chassis#: 110123
Sold for USD$485,625
  2009 RM Auctions - Automobiles of London
1949 Talbot-Lago T26 Grand Sport image  1949 Talbot-Lago T26 Grand Sport image  
1949 Talbot-Lago T26 Grand Sport
Sold for USD$375,500
  2006 Bonhams & Butterfields at The Quail Lodge, Resort & Golf Club
1949 Talbot-Lago T26 Grand Sport image  

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1949 Talbot-Lago T26 Grand Sport's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1949 Talbot-Lago T26 Grand Sport1101232014 Gooding & Company The Scottsdale Auction $1,500,000$2,200,000

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Talbot-Lago T26 Grand Sport Vehicle Profiles
Four-Seat Cabriolet
Talbot-Lago T26 Grand Sport Four-Seat Cabriolet

Coachbuilder: Figoni & Falaschi
Chassis Num: 100047
Model Year: 1949
Profile and Auction History
Coupe
Talbot-Lago T26 Grand Sport Coupe

Coachbuilder: Franay
Chassis Num: 110123
Engine Num: 123
Model Year: 1949
Profile and Auction History
Grand Sport Coupe
Talbot-Lago T26 Grand Sport Grand Sport Coupe

Coachbuilder: Pennock
Model Year: 1950
Profile

Roadster
Talbot-Lago T26 Grand Sport Roadster

Chassis Num: 110057
Model Year: 1950
Profile and Auction History
Coupe
Talbot-Lago T26 Grand Sport Coupe

Coachbuilder: Saoutchik
Chassis Num: 110151
Model Year: 1950
Profile and Auction History
Barchetta
Talbot-Lago T26 Grand Sport Barchetta

Coachbuilder: Motto
Chassis Num: 110152
Model Year: 1950
Profile

Barchette Racer
Talbot-Lago T26 Grand Sport Barchette Racer

Coachbuilder: Dugarreau
Model Year: 1951
Profile
Coupe
Talbot-Lago T26 Grand Sport Coupe

Coachbuilder: Saoutchik
Chassis Num: 110156
Model Year: 1951
Profile and Auction History
Drophead Coupe
Talbot-Lago T26 Grand Sport Drophead Coupe

Coachbuilder: Farina
Chassis Num: 110160
Model Year: 1951
Profile


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