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1938 Talbot-Lago T23

Chassis number : 93122

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Sold for $649,000 at 2010 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach Auctions.
Talbot is one of the oldest French marques having been founded by Messrs, Darracq, Serpollet, and Clement in 1893. It merged in 1922 with sunbeam Wolverhampton to form Sunbeam Talbot Darracq Motors, Ltd. When the company was acquired by Major Anthony Lago in 1935, a new era of innovation commenced. Lago, a gifted engineer (having worked for the British Society of Aircraft Engineers, the Wilson Gearbox Company, and Pratt & Whitney) further developed the existing Talbot Darracq 4-litre engine. With that, a new sports car was created which quickly gained considerable racing success due to its excellent reliability. He also set about making his cars attractive to prestigious clientele interested in touring automobiles. He fitted the car with a modern Wilson pre-selector gearbox and in cooperation with some of the world's leading coachbuilders, his Talbot Lago automobiles became some of the most sought-after and exciting designs of the late-1930s.

This Talbot-Darracq T23 four-place Drop Head Coupe wears coachwork by the famed French coachbuilder Fogoni & Falaschi. It has a number of unique features including a folding windscreen, three-position Cabriolet top, tear-drop fenders, and rear-hinged doors. It is a four-litre car that has 115 horsepower and an advanced Wilson pre-selector gearbox. The single overhead cam engine has twin Zenith-Stromberg carburetors. There are 4-wheel hydraulic drum brakes, an independent front suspension and a live rear axle with semi-elliptical leaf springs.

The original owner of this car was Mrs. Britta Appelgren. It was sold to another Swedish owner in 1946, who would retain the car until 1985. It was sold to another Swiss collector, who, during the 1990s, gave it a complete restoration in France and subsequent mechanical improvements were carried out under the guidance of the leading Talbot authority in England.

This car still wears its original factory colors. It is one of only two such examples constructed and features coachwork by Figoni et Falaschi. It was produced under the auspices of Anthony Lago and was among the most fashionable French automobiles of the late 1930s.


By Daniel Vaughan | Jun 2013

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2010 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach Auctions

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $700,000-USD $90,000 
Sale Price :
USD $649,000

1938 Talbot-Lago T23 Auction Sales

Recent Sales of the Talbot-Lago T23

(Data based on Model Year 1938 sales)
1938 Talbot Lago T23 Major Cabriolet
Chassis#: 89907
Sold for USD$144,817
  2022 Artcurial : Retromobile
 
1938 Talbot-Lago T23 Cabriolet
Chassis#: 93408
Sold for USD$250,000
  2020 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island Auction
1938 Talbot-Lago T23 image  1938 Talbot-Lago T23 image  
1938 Talbot Lago T23 'Baby' 4.0-Litre Cabriolet
Chassis#: 93035
Sold for USD$215,289
  2019 Bonhams : Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais
 
1938 TALBOT T23 4.0-LITER CABRIOLET
Chassis#: 93123
Sold for USD$517,000
  2016 Bonhams : Quail Lodge
1938 Talbot-Lago T23 image  1938 Talbot-Lago T23 image  
1938 Talbot-Lago T-23 Sport Cabriolet
Sold for USD$660,000
  2014 Worldwide Auctions - Auburn
 
1938 Talbot-Lago T-23 Sport Cabriolet
Chassis#: 93017
Sold for USD$660,000
  2014 The 7th Annual Auburn Auction
1938 Talbot-Lago T23 image  1938 Talbot-Lago T23 image  
1938 Talbot-Lago T23 Teardrop Coupe
Chassis#: 93064
Sold for USD$2,640,000
  2012 RM Auctions - Monterey
1938 Talbot-Lago T23 image  1938 Talbot-Lago T23 image  
1938 Talbot-Lago T23 Teardrop Coupé
Chassis#: 93064
Sold for USD$2,836,378
  2010 RM Auctions - Automobiles of London
1938 Talbot-Lago T23 image  1938 Talbot-Lago T23 image  
1938 Talbot-Darracq T23 Drop Head Coupe
Chassis#: 93122
Sold for USD$649,000
  2010 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach Auctions
1938 Talbot-Lago T23 image  1938 Talbot-Lago T23 image  
1938 Talbot-Lago T23 Cabriolet
Chassis#: 93465
Sold for USD$226,996
  2007 RM Auctions - Automobiles of London
 
1938 Talbot-Lago T23 Cabriolet
Sold for USD$209,000
  2006 Monterey Sports & Classic Car Auction
1938 Talbot-Lago T23 image  1938 Talbot-Lago T23 image  
1938 Talbot-Lago T23 Teardrop Coupe
Chassis#: 93064
Sold for USD$2,145,000
  2006 RM Auctions at Amelia Island
1938 Talbot-Lago T23 image  1938 Talbot-Lago T23 image  
1938 Talbot-Lago T23 4.0-Litre Cabriolet
Chassis#: 93001
Sold for USD$152,784
  2005 Bonhams - Important Sports and Competition Motor Cars & Fine Automobilia
1938 Talbot-Lago T23 image  1938 Talbot-Lago T23 image  

Talbot-Lago T23s That Failed To Sell At Auction

1938 Talbot-Lago T23's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1938 Talbot-Lago T23 Baby Coach Grand Luxe930562020 Artcurial : Retromobile $140,000$200,000
1938 Talbot-Lago T-23 Sport Cabriolet930172017 Worldwide Auctioneers : Scottsdale, AZ $550,000$750,000
1938 Talbot-Lago T-23 Sport Cabriolet934082016 Dragone Auction Greenwich Weekend Auction $750,000$850,000
1938 TALBOT LAGO T 23 MAJOR CABRIOLET 2011 Rétromobile   

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1938 Talbot-Lago T23 Profiles

1938 Talbot-Lago T23 vehicle information
Coupe
Designer: Figoni & Falaschi
Chassis #: 93041
1938 Talbot-Lago T23 vehicle information
Teardrop Coupe
Coachwork: Figoni & Falaschi
Chassis #: 93064
Engine #: 23294
1938 Talbot-Lago T23 vehicle information
Cabriolet
Coachwork: Figoni & Falaschi
Chassis #: 93001
Engine #: 23152
1938 Talbot-Lago T23 vehicle information
Drophead Coupe
Coachwork: Figoni & Falaschi
Chassis #: 93122
Engine #: 23343
1938 Talbot-Lago T23 vehicle information
Faux Cabriolet
Coachwork: Figoni & Falaschi
Chassis #: 93043
1938 Talbot-Lago T23 vehicle information
Cabriolet
Coachwork: Figoni & Falaschi
Chassis #: 93123
Engine #: 23356
1938 Talbot-Lago T23 vehicle information
Cabriolet
Coachwork: Figoni & Falaschi
Chassis #: 93017
1938 Talbot-Lago T23 vehicle information
Cabriolet
Designer: Figoni
Chassis #: 93408
Engine #: 23544