Almost all of the T26 Grand Sport automobiles received custom coachwork from various coachbuilders. Many were used to display their artistic creations at Motor Shows while others sat atop shortened chassis and used for sporting events.
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 II slowed the racing endeavors but after the war and with the assistance of Carlo Marchetti an overall win at Le Mans was achieved.
The T26 was powered by a six-cylinder, DOHC cam engine that produced nearly 200 horsepower. The drum brakes on all four corners provided ample stopping power while the live-axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs rear suspension provided the necessary support needed in the corners at speed.
The Talbot-Lago T26 models were exquisite creations outfitted with coach work provided by some of the world's greatest coachbuilders. Never produced in large numbers, these T26 models are extremely rare and exclusive by today's standards.
Giuseppe Figoni was a brilliant artist who worked with metal to produce some of the most unique and flowing coach-bodies of all time. His designs amplified his hatred of the wind; the force that caused drag and crippled the cars power. His creations often centered around this hatred, evident by the streamlined designs, flush door handles, steeply raked windshield, sloping fastback, and enclosures for wheels and tires. The elegance of the Figoni et Falaschi designed vehicles are sensual and their curvy creations are regarded as art. Ovidio Falaschi provided the working capital and business expertise while Joseph Figoni created the sophisticated three dimensional design concepts. by Daniel Vaughan | Aug 2006
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....[continue reading]
In 1934 Tony Lago was promoted to the position of general manager of Automobiles Talbot's. A year later he acquired the company and hired Walter Brecchia, an engineer. Together, they began work on the first Talbot-Lago; they were driven by the desi....[continue reading]
- Winner of the Concours d'Elegance de l'Auto in 1938 - The only four liter T23 true Jeancart style teardrop coupe built - One of five jeancart style cars built; one of four remaining. - Holder of a Certificate of Originality, signed by M. C....[continue reading]
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....[continue reading]
The Talbot Lago Company was formed in 1935 as a result of a reorganization of the Sunbeam-Talbot-Darracq combine by Antonio Lago. The company proceeded to make several models of varying wheelbases and engines. This 1938 T23 Model has a 116 inch wheel....[continue reading]
This Talbot-Lago T23 wears coachwork by Figoni et Falaschi. Until recently, the car has not been seen publicly for decades. It is believed to be one of only two built in its guise (the other being chassis number 93122) and has several unique styling ....[continue reading]
The Talbot-Lago name arose from the demise of the Sunbeam-Talbot-Darracq collapse that occurred in 1935. Tony Lago, the former general manager of the company, took over the Talbot factory and began building cars using his own surname. He enlisted the....[continue reading]
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