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1948 Talbot-Lago T-26

1948 Talbot-Lago T-26 Record Sport Coupe de Ville

  • Coachwork by Saoutchik
  • Chassis Number: 100238
  • Engine Number: 26347
  • 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's 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 a customer order that subsequently fell through. Nearly two years would pass before the fully clothed chassis made its debut at the Paris Salon that opened on October 5th, 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, 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 a 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

    2021 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island Auction

    Pre-Auction Estimates :
    USD $600,000-USD $700,000 
    Lot was not sold

    2018 Bonhams : Quail Lodge

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

    1948 Talbot-Lago T-26 Auction Sales

    Recent Sales of the Talbot-Lago T-26

    (Data based on Model Year 1948 sales)
    1948 Talbot-Lago T26 Grand Sport Coupé 'Chambas'
    Chassis#: 110105
    Sold for USD$2,185,000
      2023 Bonhams : Les Grandes Marques du Monde à Paris
    1948 Talbot-Lago T-26 image  1948 Talbot-Lago T-26 image  
    1948 Talbot-Lago T26 Record Sport Cabriolet Décapotable
    Chassis#: 3179
    Sold for USD$1,875,000
      2021 Bonhams : Quail Lodge
     
    1948 Talbot-Lago T26 Record Cabriolet d'Usine
    Chassis#: 101016
    Sold for USD$165,118
      2019 RM Sothebys : Essen
     
    1948 Talbot-Lago T26 Record Sport Coupe de Ville
    Chassis#: 100238
    Sold for USD$962,000
      2018 Bonhams : Quail Lodge
    1948 Talbot-Lago T-26 image  1948 Talbot-Lago T-26 image  
    1948 Talbot-Lago T26 Grand Sport Cabriolet by Franay
    Chassis#: 110121
    Sold for USD$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 USD$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 USD$97,759
      2015 Rétromobile by Artcurial Motorcars
     
    1948 Talbot Lago T26 Record Cabriolet par Saoutchik
    Chassis#: 100272
    Sold for USD$848,600
      2015 Rétromobile by Artcurial Motorcars
     
    1948 TALBOT-LAGO T26 GRAND SPORT COUPE
    Chassis#: 110106
    Sold for USD$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 USD$85,642
      2012 Artcurial Motorcars at Rétromobile
     
    1948 Talbot-Lago T26 Record Cabriolet
    Chassis#: 100449
    Sold for USD$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 USD$159,500
      2005 The Monterey Sports and Classic Car Auction
     
    1948 Talbot-Lago T26C Grand Prix
    Sold for USD$594,000
      2004 Vintage Motor Cars in Arizona
     
    1948 TALBOT-LAGO 4 PASSENGER CABRIOLET
    Sold for USD$85,250
      2001 Barrett-Jackson - Scottsdale 2001
     

    Talbot-Lago T-26s That Failed To Sell At Auction

    1948 Talbot-Lago T-26's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
    VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
    1948 Talbot-Lago T26 Record Sport Coupe de Ville by Saoutchik1002382021 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island Auction $600,000$700,000
    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 T 26 2008 Silver Auction Arizona in January$150,000  
    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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    1948 Talbot-Lago T-26 Vehicle Profiles

    1948 Talbot-Lago T-26 vehicle information
    Grand Sport Coupe
    Coachwork: Saoutchik
    Chassis #: 110114
    1948 Talbot-Lago T-26 vehicle information
    Coupe
    Coachwork: Franay
    Chassis #: 110113
    1948 Talbot-Lago T-26 vehicle information
    Record Sport Coupe de Ville
    Coachwork: Saoutchik
    Chassis #: 100238
    Engine #: 26347
    1948 Talbot-Lago T-26 vehicle information
    Grand Sport Fastback Coupe
    Coachwork: Figoni
    Chassis #: 110103
    1948 Talbot-Lago T-26 vehicle information
    Grand Sport Coupe
    Coachwork: Contamin
    Chassis #: 110105
    1948 Talbot-Lago T-26 vehicle information
    Grand Sport Coupe
    Coachwork: Oblin
    Chassis #: 110106
    Engine #: 103
    1948 Talbot-Lago T-26 vehicle information
    Grand Sport Cabriolet
    Coachwork: Franay
    Chassis #: 110121
    1948 Talbot-Lago T-26 vehicle information
    Grand Sport Coupe
    Coachwork: Saoutchik
    1948 Talbot-Lago T-26 vehicle information
    Grand Sport Cabriolet
    Coachwork: Saoutchik
    Chassis #: 110110
    Engine #: 108