1948 Talbot-Lago T-26 Record Sport Coupe de Ville / 100238 Chassis Information

1948 Talbot-Lago T-26 photograph

1948 Talbot-Lago T-26 photograph

1948 Talbot-Lago T-26 photograph

1948 Talbot-Lago T-26 photograph

1948 Talbot-Lago T-261948 Talbot-Lago T-261948 Talbot-Lago T-261948 Talbot-Lago T-26
Record Sport Coupe de Ville
Coachwork: Saoutchik
Chassis #: 100238
Engine #: 26347
Sold for $962,000 at 2018 Bonhams : Quail Lodge.
Talbot-Lago T26 Record made its debut at the Paris Salon in October of 1946. Under its bonnet was a 4.5-liter six-cylinder twin-cam Hemi engine that Anthony Lago had developed during the War. The T26 had a new chassis and drivetrain and was one of the most powerful passenger cars in the world. Its engine offered 170 horsepower, with approximately 35 examples of the T26 Record chassis being fitted from the factory with the T26 Grand Sport engine that featured three carburetors and an aluminum cylinder head. With the assistance of hotter cams, higher compression and lighter pistons, these special cars developed 190 horsepower. They were called the Record Sport by the Talbot factory.

This particular example is one of the 35 cars fitted with the potent engine. It was delivered to the carrosserie de Luxe J. Saoutchik on October 22, 1948 who clothed the car in a two-door coupe de Ville body. The area over the rear seat has a fixed metal roof, while the space above the driver's or chauffeur's seat can remain open. A full-width metal roof is stowed inside the rear section and can be pulled out to protect the interior from the elements.

In the front is an iconic Saoutchik style three-piece grille design. The bodywork is flanked by two small horizontal grilles. There are two teardrop Saoutchik 'ventiports' mounted on the side of the hood, and a single-pane windshield. Although many of Saoutchik designs of this era featured an excessive amount of chrome, this one is more subdued with a more well-balanced and elegant approach. The body is finished in light gray while the fender skirts are in dark blue. Dark blue can also be found on a narrow line along the window sills, framing the curved B-window. 18-inch wire wheels are mounted with wide whitewall tires.

This example was designed specifically for the Paris Salon. The Salon honored the car and its creator with the Le Grand Prix du Salon accolade. In celebration, Saoutchik took out a full-page advertisement in the December issue of the magazine France Illustration.

It is not known whether Saoutchik ordered chassis 100238 from Talbot-Lago for stock or to a customer order that subsequently fell through. Nearly two year would pass before the fully clothed chassis made its debut at the Paris Salon that opened on October 5th of 1950. Although well received, it did not find a buyer at the Salon, perhaps due to its astronomical price.

The car was shown at the Concours at the Grande Cascade in the Bois de Boulogne in the summer of 1951. It was sold on November 2nd of 1951 to Madame Yvonne Bozdogan-Brawand in Switzerland. It was later listed in the care of James Karupka of Maryland where it would remain for another twelve years. It was later sold to Stephen Cortinovis of St. Louis, Missouri, who later sold it to Richard Straman. In 2013, the car was put on the market by Toby Ross of Ross Classics, still in unrestored condition. A short time later, it was acquired by its current owner.

In 2014, a comprehensive concours-level restoration was commissioned with focus on originality and authenticity. The car is currently in its original livery and color scheme as when it was shown at the Salon.


By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2018


2018 Bonhams : Quail Lodge

Pre-Auction Estimates :
$1,200,000-$1,600,000 
Sale Price :
$962,000

2019 1
2018 1
2017 2
2015 2
2014 1
2012 1
2011 1
2005 1
2004 1
2001 1

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1948 sales)
1948 Talbot-Lago T26 Record Cabriolet d'Usine
Chassis#: 101016
Sold for $165,118
  2019 RM Sothebys : Essen
 
1948 Talbot-Lago T26 Record Sport Coupe de Ville
Chassis#: 100238
Sold for $962,000
  2018 Bonhams : Quail Lodge
1948 Talbot-Lago T-26 image  
1948 Talbot-Lago T26 Grand Sport Cabriolet by Franay
Chassis#: 110121
Sold for $1,252,240
  2017 RM Sothebys : Villa Erba
1948 Talbot-Lago T-26 image  1948 Talbot-Lago T-26 image  
1947 Talbot-Lago T26 Record Cabriolet d'Usine
Chassis#: 100064
Sold for $352,000
  2017 RM Auctions : Amelia Island
1948 Talbot-Lago T-26 image  1948 Talbot-Lago T-26 image  
1948 Talbot Lago T26 coach 'surprofilé'
Chassis#: 102008
Sold for $97,759
  2015 Rétromobile by Artcurial Motorcars
 
1948 Talbot Lago T26 Record Cabriolet par Saoutchik
Chassis#: 100272
Sold for $848,600
  2015 Rétromobile by Artcurial Motorcars
 
1948 TALBOT-LAGO T26 GRAND SPORT COUPE
Chassis#: 110106
Sold for $1,485,000
  2014 Bonhams Quail Lodge Auction
1948 Talbot-Lago T-26 image  1948 Talbot-Lago T-26 image  
1948 Talbot T26 Lago Record berline
Sold for $85,642
  2012 Artcurial Motorcars at Rétromobile
 
1948 Talbot-Lago T26 Record Cabriolet
Chassis#: 100449
Sold for $143,000
  2011 The Scottsdale Auction - Gooding & Company
1948 Talbot-Lago T-26 image  1948 Talbot-Lago T-26 image  
1948 Talbot-Lago T26 Record Cabriolet
Chassis#: 101016
Sold for $159,500
  2005 The Monterey Sports and Classic Car Auction
 
1948 Talbot-Lago T26C Grand Prix
Sold for $594,000
  2004 Vintage Motor Cars in Arizona
 
1948 TALBOT-LAGO 4 PASSENGER CABRIOLET
Sold for $85,250
  2001 Barrett-Jackson - Scottsdale 2001
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1948 Talbot-Lago T-26's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1948 TALBOT-LAGO T26 RECORD CABRIOLET BY GRABER1003512015 Keno Brothers : NY Auto$250,000$295,000$650,000
1948 Talbot-Lago T26 Grand Sport Cabriolet in the style of Saoutchik1101102015 RM Sotheby's : Monterey $1,700,000$2,100,000
1948 TALBOT LAGO 2008 Silver Auction Bellevue$145,000  
1948 TALBOT - LAGO T26 DROPHEAD1030272007 Silver Auction Seattle$21,000  
1948 Talbot-Lago T26 Drophead Coupe 2007 Vintage Motor Cars in Arizona$130,000$175,000$225,000
1948 TALBOT-LAGO T26 DUBOS CABRIOLET 2006 Silver Auction Portland$22,000  

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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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