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1938 Talbot-Lago T150C

Talbot-Lago was a company formed by the collapse of Sunbeam-Talbot-Darracq in 1935. Anthony Lago, founder of the company, set-out to produce a line of exclusive and expensive sports cars. The cars initially used six-cylinder engines, but later models featured eight-cylinder engines, and the occasional cheaper engines to help increase sales.

In 1936 the T150-C entered the scene. Lago was able to persued the famous driver Rene Dreyfus to leave the Ferrari organization, and race for the Talbot-Lago driving team at the French Grand Prix at Montlhery.

The Talbots featured metallic paints and dual-tone finishes. This was the influence of Figoni. Chrome was decorated along the edgework of many of his vehicles.

There were fourteen Talbot-Lago T150C SS Series created by Figoni between 1937 and 1939. Many still exist today. A true testament to the beauty and craftsmanship of these vehicles.

In 1959 the company was taken over by Simca.


by Daniel Vaughan | Jul 2010

Related Reading : Talbot-Lago T150 History

Anthony Lago had taken over control of the Talbot factory in Suresnes after the merger with Sunbeam and Darracq had collapsed in 1936. By 1937 he had introduced a new line of vehicles, two of which were entered in the grueling 24 Hours of Le Mans. He continued his racing endeavors by moving to single-seat racers and by 1939 a purpose-built Grand Prix car had been completed. The onset of World War....
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1938 Vehicle Profiles

1938 Talbot-Lago T150C vehicle information

Teardrop Coupe
Coachwork: Figoni & Falaschi

Chassis Num: 90109

Almost 70 years after they were created, one of Figoni & Falaschi's voluptuous teardrop coupes will stop any viewer in their tracks. The dramatic teardrop shape is echoed in both the windows and the fenders and is considered Joseph Figoni's masterwor....[continue reading]

1938 Talbot-Lago T150C vehicle information

Cabriolet Roadster
Coachwork: Figoni & Falaschi

Chassis Num: 90019 T1500
Build Num: 703

Figoni & Falaschi was known for producing some of the most flamboyant, if not elegant coachwork for the French carrossiers. Talbot-Lago was formed following the collapse of Sunbeam-Talbot-Darracq in 1935, with the Darracq name being continued for use....[continue reading]

1938 Talbot-Lago T150C vehicle information

Goutte d'Eau Coupe
Coachwork: Figoni & Falaschi

One of the famous Figoni et Falaschi-designed goutte d'Eau, or teardrop, coupes; this Talbot Lago T150C is built on the longer Speciale chassis. The rounded rear windows, large headlamps and notchback rear are features of the five Jeancart-st....[continue reading]

1938 Talbot-Lago T150C vehicle information

LWB Teardrop Coupe
Coachwork: Figoni & Falaschi

Chassis Num: 90034

Anthony Lago took control of Automobiles Talbot in 1935 and re-named the Suresnes, France-based enterprise Talbot-Lago. He also hired an engineer named Walter Brecchia to aid in the development of the first Talbot-Lago, based on a Talbot-Darracq thre....[continue reading]

1938 Talbot-Lago T150C vehicle information

Goutte d'Eau Coupe
Coachwork: Figoni & Falaschi

Chassis Num: 90117

When Figoni & Falaschi unveiled the first Talbot-Lago T 150 C SS with Joseph Figoni's streamlined coupe coachwork at the 1937 Paris Salon, onlookers were take aback by its beauty. The press, tasked with describing this symphony of curves and subtle ....[continue reading]

1938 Talbot-Lago T150C vehicle information

Teardrop Coupe
Coachwork: Figoni & Falaschi

Chassis Num: 90112

The Talbot-Lago T150C or Corse, the French word for racing, was designed as a race car in 1937. The Super Sports variant was designed with a shorter chassis for the road. The most famous of these T150s are the goutte d'eau or 'teardrop' cars designed....[continue reading]

1938 Talbot-Lago T150C vehicle information

Lago Spéciale Cabriolet
Coachwork: Figoni & Falaschi

Chassis Num: 90039

The French Talbot factory in Suresnes outside Paris had built a list of automobiles but by the early 1930s, it longevity was in question. It had been experiencing financial difficulties and their vehicles were becoming dated. In 1932, the Depression ....[continue reading]

Teardrop Coupe by Figoni & Falaschi
Chassis #: 90109 
Cabriolet Roadster by Figoni & Falaschi
Chassis #: 90019 T1500 
Goutte d'Eau Coupe by Figoni & Falaschi
 
LWB Teardrop Coupe by Figoni & Falaschi
Chassis #: 90034 
Goutte d'Eau Coupe by Figoni & Falaschi
Chassis #: 90117 
Teardrop Coupe by Figoni & Falaschi
Chassis #: 90112 
Lago Spéciale Cabriolet by Figoni & Falaschi
Chassis #: 90039 




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Model Year Production

#1#2#3Talbot-Lago
1942Chevrolet (254,885)Ford (160,432)Plymouth (152,427)
1941Chevrolet (1,008,976)Ford (691,455)Plymouth (522,080)
1940Chevrolet (764,616)Ford (541,896)Plymouth (430,208)
1939Chevrolet (577,278)Ford (487,031)Plymouth (423,850)
1938Chevrolet (465,158)Ford (410,263)Plymouth (285,704)
1937Ford (942,005)Chevrolet (815,375)Plymouth (566,128)
1936Ford (930,778)Chevrolet (918,278)Plymouth (520,025)
1935Ford (820,253)Chevrolet (548,215)Plymouth (350,884)
1934Ford (563,921)Chevrolet (551,191)Plymouth (321,171)
1933Chevrolet (486,261)Ford (334,969)Plymouth (298,557)

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