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1948 Talbot-Lago T-26 Record Sport Coupe de Ville / 100238 Vehicle 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-26 photograph

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-26 photograph

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-261948 Talbot-Lago T-261948 Talbot-Lago T-261948 Talbot-Lago T-261948 Talbot-Lago T-261948 Talbot-Lago T-261948 Talbot-Lago T-261948 Talbot-Lago T-261948 Talbot-Lago T-261948 Talbot-Lago T-261948 Talbot-Lago T-26
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'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 to 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 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 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

(Data based on Model Year 1948 sales)
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
 

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 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 thumbnail image  1948 Talbot-Lago T-26 vehicle thumbnail image  
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Talbot-Lago T-26 Vehicle Profiles
Record Drophead Coupe
Talbot-Lago T-26 Record Drophead Coupe

Coachbuilder: Dubos
Model Year: 1947
Profile
Cabriolet
Talbot-Lago T-26 Cabriolet

Coachbuilder: Worblaufen
Model Year: 1947
Profile
Cabriolet d'Usine
Talbot-Lago T-26 Cabriolet d'Usine

Chassis Num: 100064
Model Year: 1947

Cabriolet
Talbot-Lago T-26 Cabriolet

Chassis Num: 100109
Model Year: 1947
Profile
Record Sedan
Talbot-Lago T-26 Record Sedan

Chassis Num: 101035
Model Year: 1947
Profile and Auction History
Grand Sport Coupe
Talbot-Lago T-26 Grand Sport Coupe

Coachbuilder: Franay
Chassis Num: 110113
Model Year: 1947
Profile and Auction History

Record Drophead Coupe
Talbot-Lago T-26 Record Drophead Coupe

Coachbuilder: Dubos
Chassis Num: T26100365
Model Year: 1947
Profile and Auction History
Cabriolet d'Usine
Talbot-Lago T-26 Cabriolet d'Usine

Model Year: 1948
Profile
Grand Sport Coupe
Talbot-Lago T-26 Grand Sport Coupe

Coachbuilder: Saoutchik
Model Year: 1948
Profile

Cabriolet d'Usine
Talbot-Lago T-26 Cabriolet d'Usine

Chassis Num: 100064
Model Year: 1948
Profile and Auction History
Record Sport Coupe de Ville
Talbot-Lago T-26 Record Sport Coupe de Ville

Coachbuilder: Saoutchik
Chassis Num: 100238
Engine Num: 26347
Model Year: 1948
Profile and Auction History
Cabriolet d'Usine
Talbot-Lago T-26 Cabriolet d'Usine

Chassis Num: 100449
Engine Num: 26438
Model Year: 1948

Grand Sport Fastback Coupe
Talbot-Lago T-26 Grand Sport Fastback Coupe

Coachbuilder: Figoni
Chassis Num: 110103
Model Year: 1948
Profile
Grand Sport Coupe
Talbot-Lago T-26 Grand Sport Coupe

Coachbuilder: Contamin
Chassis Num: 110105
Model Year: 1948
Profile
Grand Sport Coupe
Talbot-Lago T-26 Grand Sport Coupe

Coachbuilder: Oblin
Chassis Num: 110106
Engine Num: 103
Model Year: 1948
Profile and Auction History

Grand Sport Cabriolet
Talbot-Lago T-26 Grand Sport Cabriolet

Coachbuilder: Saoutchik
Chassis Num: 110110
Engine Num: 108
Model Year: 1948
Profile and Auction History
Grand Sport Cabriolet
Talbot-Lago T-26 Grand Sport Cabriolet

Coachbuilder: Franay
Chassis Num: 110121
Model Year: 1948
Profile and Auction History
Drophead Coupe
Talbot-Lago T-26 Drophead Coupe

Coachbuilder: Dubos
Chassis Num: 101003
Engine Num: 26458
Model Year: 1949
Profile and Auction History

Sedan
Talbot-Lago T-26 Sedan

Model Year: 1950
Profile
Cabriolet
Talbot-Lago T-26 Cabriolet

Coachbuilder: Van Antem
Chassis Num: 101001
Model Year: 1950
Profile and Auction History
Coupe
Talbot-Lago T-26 Coupe

Coachbuilder: Henri Chapron
Chassis Num: 102018
Engine Num: 6893
Model Year: 1950
Profile and Auction History

Convertible Coupé
Talbot-Lago T-26 Convertible Coupé

Chassis Num: 111003
Model Year: 1954
Profile and Auction History
Coupe
Talbot-Lago T-26 Coupe

Chassis Num: 111006
Model Year: 1954
Profile and Auction History
Coupe
Talbot-Lago T-26 Coupe

Chassis Num: 111012
Model Year: 1954
Profile and Auction History

Coupe
Talbot-Lago T-26 Coupe

Chassis Num: 302
Model Year: 1955
Profile and Auction History


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