1954 Talbot-Lago T-26 Grand Sport Coupe / 111012 Vehicle Information

1954 Talbot-Lago T-26 Grand Sport photograph

1954 Talbot-Lago T-26 Grand Sport photograph

1954 Talbot-Lago T-26 Grand Sport photograph

1954 Talbot-Lago T-26 Grand Sport photograph

1954 Talbot-Lago T-26 Grand Sport photograph

1954 Talbot-Lago T-26 Grand Sport1954 Talbot-Lago T-26 Grand Sport1954 Talbot-Lago T-26 Grand Sport1954 Talbot-Lago T-26 Grand Sport1954 Talbot-Lago T-26 Grand Sport
Coupe
Chassis #: 111012
Sold for $385,000 at 2015 RM Sotheby's : Monterey.
By the early 1950s, sales of the Talbot-Lago show-wheelbase Sport chassis had dwindled, and the company was experiencing financial difficulties. They had limited resources to develop a new sports car chassis, but they did have Lago's engineering genius. The Grand Prix-derived T26 Grand Sport chassis was quietly dropped. The existing Lago Record chassis was redesigned and lightened to a wheelbase size of 2.90 meters. The independent suspension in the front was comprised of coil springs, giving it excellent road manners along with sporting driving qualities.

The six-cylinder T26 engine was given three inverted Solex carburetors which helped boost horsepower by 20, to 210 horsepower at 4500 RPM.

The factory body was mounted to a design by Carlo Delaisse.

The new model was introduced at the Paris Salon in October of 1953 and dubbed the T26 GSL, or Grand Sport Longue. Wearing factory bodies, the GSL had only detail differences between the cars that were built. Around a third (up to a half) have an air vent in the front fender while the remainder do not. A few examples were given a two-tone paint scheme, with the roof, including the A- and C-pillars, in a contrasting color to the body. Some examples had wide whitewall tires while others had blackwalls.

Unfortunately, the GSL was not a commercial success. Introduced in late 1953, production ended in late 1954 or early 1955. Around 19 to 21 examples of the T26 GSL models were built, with just 11 to 13 examples survive.

This particular, rare example was first registered in France on December 12, 1954. The early history of the car is not known. In the 1970s, the car was used as a daily driver by Alain Spitz. By 1991, it was in Lille, north of Paris. By this point in history, the engine and chassis had been mechanically restored, and the body was in primer and disassembled. The project was sold by Charles LeMenestrel to Dr. Peter M. Larsen, who embarked upon a complete four-year restoration of the car. The current caretaker took possession of the car in 1995, who had the car brought to the United States. In his ownership, the paint and interior were freshened, bumpers were added, and the engine received further detailing and valve work.


By Daniel Vaughan | Sep 2015


2015 RM Sotheby's : Monterey

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $350,000-USD $450,000 
Sale Price :
USD $385,000

1954 Talbot-Lago T-26 Grand Sport Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1954 sales)
1954 Talbot-Lago T26 GSL
Chassis#: 111006
Sold for USD$385,000
  2016 RM Sotheby's : Monterey
1954 Talbot-Lago T-26 Grand Sport image  1954 Talbot-Lago T-26 Grand Sport image  
1954 Talbot-Lago T26 GSL
Chassis#: 111012
Sold for USD$385,000
  2015 RM Sotheby's : Monterey
1954 Talbot-Lago T-26 Grand Sport image  1954 Talbot-Lago T-26 Grand Sport image  
1954 Talbot-Lago Grand Sport Coupe
Chassis#: 111006
Sold for USD$154,000
  2011 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Amelia Island
1954 Talbot-Lago T-26 Grand Sport image  1954 Talbot-Lago T-26 Grand Sport image  
1954 Talbot-Lago T-26 Grand Sport
Sold for USD$205,000
  2008 Bonhams & Butterfields Sale of Exceptional Motorcars and Automobilia
1954 Talbot-Lago T-26 Grand Sport image  1954 Talbot-Lago T-26 Grand Sport image  
1954 Talbot-Lago T26 Grand Sport Coupe
Chassis#: 111003
Sold for USD$233,652
  2008 Bonhams - Paris Expo, Porte de Versailles Automobiles d'Exception
1954 Talbot-Lago T-26 Grand Sport image  1954 Talbot-Lago T-26 Grand Sport image  
1954 Talbot Lago T26 Gran Sport
Chassis#: 111003
Sold for USD$154,872
  2007 Coys Auction - Grandes Marques - Maastricht
1954 Talbot-Lago T-26 Grand Sport image  1954 Talbot-Lago T-26 Grand Sport image  

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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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