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1938 Talbot-Lago T120 Roadster / 92007 Vehicle Information

1938 Talbot-Lago T120 photograph

1938 Talbot-Lago T120 photograph

1938 Talbot-Lago T1201938 Talbot-Lago T120
Sold for $900,000 at 2009 Sports & Classics of Monterey.
High bid of $650,000 at 2019 Mecum : Monterey. (did not sell)
The elegant and graceful design of this Talbot-Lago could easily be the work of the legendary Joseph Figoni and Ovidio Falaschi. The flowing fenders, curvaceous body, and handsome two-seat sports coachwork have similarities to their work. Rather, it is believed to be the work of Carrosserie Brandone.

It disappeared for many years, until it was discovered in storage near Saint Tropez, in the late 1960s. Its design did not appear to be a regular production T120, and it was not clear as to what it was. For many years, it was believed that its alterations - such as the lengthened hood, longer rear deck, and stretched teardrop fenders - had come from Figoni et Falaschi. This was an obvious and perhaps correct assumption, as they were favored by Lago and the design was similar to their other work.

It was not until 2005, when the current owner acquired the roadster and began doing extensive research as to its origins. Along with Figoni, Carrossereie Brandone was suggested as its creator.

Born in Nice in 1893, Etienne Brandone learned his craft with Billeter and Cartier, a Lyon shop whose primary clients were two local carmakers named Berliet and Rochet-Schneider. Some of their work was also done for Renaults and Bugatti.

Brandone set up his own shop in Nice and specialized in elegant cabriolets. His work, along with the help of his son Pierre, would earn many awards at Concours events for years to come. One of the more recent and memorable victories was for a Hispano-Suiza K6 owned by Sam and Emily Mann which earned great acclaim at Pebble Beach in 2008. That same car had won the Grand Prix d'Honneur for the best French coachwork at the Cannes Coconurs d'Elegance in 1936.

Analyzing period photographs, unique design styles, elements, and touches that were unique to Brandone, were realized on 92007. It can be said with a great deal of confident, that chassis number 92007 was bodied by Brandone, and not Figoni & Falaschi.

After the research, the owner began a restoration on the car, bringing it back to its original stunning condition. During the restoration, the owner elected to fit the Figoni patented grille over the more mundane standard example.

In 2009, this T120 was offered for sale at the Sports & Classics of Monterey auction presented by RM Auctions. The car was estimated to sell for $1,250,000 - $1,500,000. As the gavel fell for the third and final time, the lot had been sold for the sum of $900,000, including buyer's premium.


By Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2009


2019 Mecum : Monterey

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $900,000-USD $1,100,000 
High Bid (Lot was not sold)
USD $650,000

2009 Sports & Classics of Monterey

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $1,250,000-USD $1,500,000 
Sale Price :
USD $900,000

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1938 sales)
1938 Talbot-Lago T120
Chassis#: 92007
Sold for USD$900,000
  2009 Sports & Classics of Monterey
1938 Talbot-Lago T120 image  

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1938 Talbot-Lago T120's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1938 Talbot-Lago T120 Roadster920072019 Mecum : Monterey$650,000$900,000$1,100,000
1938 Talbot-Lago T120 Roadster 2018 Mecum : Las Vegas$900,000$1,050,000$1,150,000

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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Talbot-Lago T120
1935 Drophead Coupe
Chassis Num: 85221
Engine Num: 77080
Chassis information for the Talbot-Lago T120
1936 Sports Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Figoni
Chassis Num: 85722
Engine Num: 66148

1938 Talbot-Lago T120

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