1949 Talbot-Lago T-26 Record Drophead Coupe / 101003 Vehicle Information

1949 Talbot-Lago T-26 Record photograph

1949 Talbot-Lago T-26 Record photograph

1949 Talbot-Lago T-26 Record photograph

1949 Talbot-Lago T-26 Record photograph

1949 Talbot-Lago T-26 Record photograph

1949 Talbot-Lago T-26 Record photograph

1949 Talbot-Lago T-26 Record photograph

1949 Talbot-Lago T-26 Record photograph

1949 Talbot-Lago T-26 Record photograph

1949 Talbot-Lago T-26 Record photograph

1949 Talbot-Lago T-26 Record photograph

1949 Talbot-Lago T-26 Record photograph

1949 Talbot-Lago T-26 Record photograph

1949 Talbot-Lago T-26 Record photograph

1949 Talbot-Lago T-26 Record photograph

1949 Talbot-Lago T-26 Record photograph

1949 Talbot-Lago T-26 Record photograph

1949 Talbot-Lago T-26 Record1949 Talbot-Lago T-26 Record1949 Talbot-Lago T-26 Record1949 Talbot-Lago T-26 Record1949 Talbot-Lago T-26 Record1949 Talbot-Lago T-26 Record1949 Talbot-Lago T-26 Record1949 Talbot-Lago T-26 Record1949 Talbot-Lago T-26 Record1949 Talbot-Lago T-26 Record1949 Talbot-Lago T-26 Record1949 Talbot-Lago T-26 Record1949 Talbot-Lago T-26 Record1949 Talbot-Lago T-26 Record1949 Talbot-Lago T-26 Record1949 Talbot-Lago T-26 Record1949 Talbot-Lago T-26 Record
Drophead Coupe
Coachwork: Dubos
Chassis #: 101003
Engine #: 26458
Sold for $122,500 at 2006 Bonhams & Butterfields at The Quail Lodge, Resort & Golf Club.
The Talbot-Lago T26 Record Series was introduced in 1946, just after the conclusion of World War II. The T26 Record immediately secured the title, 'Worlds Most Powerful Production Car.' Under the bonnet was a 4.5-liter engine derived from the company's robust Grand Prix power. The engine had twin Stomberg EX 32 carburetors, hemispherical combustion chambers and a compression ratio of 7.0:1. There were twin camshafts mounted high in the cylinder block which aided in lightening the valve gear and increase durability in higher RPM cycles. The engine produced an impressive 170 horsepower. The engine was mated to a four-speed Wilson Pre-selector gearbox with the epicycle gear trains were engaged and disengaged by brake bands operated by a pedal.

Racing had helped Talbot-Lago gain international success and recognition. It had lead to the increased development of their engines and mechanical components. The down-side was that it drained the company's resources and depleted the company's cash reserve.

This 1949 Talbot-Lago T26 Record Drophead Coupe has coachwork by Dubos. It is finished in electric blue with cream trim and was first sold to a famous French beverage house, Marie Brizard of Bordeaux. The beverage house had been founded in 1755 and over the years, grew into a major purveyor of drinks. In 1949, they embarked on a nationwide publicity campaign to promote its products.

The Paris based Dubos coachbuilders received this vehicle as a bare chassis with chrome wire wheels. Like many in the trade, the Dubos Company had gotten their start as a coachbuilder of horse-drawn carriages. They reluctantly converted to automobile construction in the mid-1920s. In 1945, they moved to Puteaux and soon became one of Talbot's favored suppliers of semi-custom coachwork.

Production of the Grand Sport Talbot's lasted until 1955.

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 $100,000 - $140,000. Its list of owners include the legendary Rosso Bianco Collection. At auction, the estimated value proved to be accurate, as the car was sold for $122,500.

In 2010, the car was offered for sale at the Exceptional Motorcars and Automobilia auction presented by Bonhams. It was estimated to sell for $250,000 - $300,000 but was unable to find a buyer willing to satisfy the car's reserve.


By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2010


2010 Bonhams - Quail Lodge

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $250,000-USD $300,000 
Lot was not sold

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

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $100,000-USD $140,000 
Sale Price :
USD $122,500

1949 Talbot-Lago T-26 Record Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1949 sales)
1949 Talbot Lago T26 Record
Sold for USD$134,327
  2011 Coys Auctions - Techno Classica
 
1949 Talbot-Lago Record Cabriolet Figoni et Falaschi
Chassis#: 100047
Sold for USD$274,774
  2010 RM Auctions - Automobiles of London
 
1949 Talbot-Lago T-26 Record
Sold for USD$122,500
  2006 Bonhams & Butterfields at The Quail Lodge, Resort & Golf Club
1949 Talbot-Lago T-26 Record image  1949 Talbot-Lago T-26 Record image  
1949 Talbot-Lago T-26 Record Coupe
Chassis#: 100428
Sold for USD$36,300
  2004 The Monterey Sports and Classic Car Auction
 
1949 Talbot-Lago T-26 Record Coupe
Sold for USD$25,300
  2004 The Monterey Sports and Classic Car Auction
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1949 Talbot-Lago T-26 Record's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1949 Talbot-Lago T26 Record Drophead Coupe1010032010 Bonhams Quail Lodge $250,000$300,000

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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Talbot-Lago T-261948 Record Sport Coupe de Ville
Coachbuilder: Saoutchik
Chassis Num: 100238
Engine Num: 26347
Chassis information for the Talbot-Lago T-261948 Cabriolet d'Usine
Chassis Num: 100449
Engine Num: 26438
Chassis information for the Talbot-Lago T-261948 Grand Sport Fastback Coupe
Coachbuilder: Figoni
Chassis Num: 110103
Chassis information for the Talbot-Lago T-261948 Grand Sport Coupe
Coachbuilder: Contamin
Chassis Num: 110105
Chassis information for the Talbot-Lago T-261948 Grand Sport Coupe
Coachbuilder: Oblin
Chassis Num: 110106
Engine Num: 103
Chassis information for the Talbot-Lago T-261948 Grand Sport Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Saoutchik
Chassis Num: 110110
Engine Num: 108
Chassis information for the Talbot-Lago T-261948 Grand Sport Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Franay
Chassis Num: 110121
Chassis information for the Talbot-Lago T-26 Record1949 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Dubos
Chassis Num: 101003
Engine Num: 26458
Chassis information for the Talbot-Lago T-26 Record1950 Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Van Antem
Chassis Num: 101001
Chassis information for the Talbot-Lago T-26 Record1950 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Henri Chapron
Chassis Num: 102018
Engine Num: 6893
Chassis information for the Talbot-Lago T-26 Grand Sport1954 Coupe
Chassis Num: 111006
Chassis information for the Talbot-Lago T-26 Grand Sport1954 Coupe
Chassis Num: 111012
Chassis information for the Talbot-Lago T-26 Grand Sport1955 Coupe
Chassis Num: 302


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