1. 1939 Talbot-Lago T23 Major 4-Litre Cabriolet

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Lot Number
59
1939 Talbot-Lago T23 Major 4-Litre Cabriolet
The Pacific Grove Auction

ESTIMATE: $450,000 - $500,000
CHASSIS NO: 93615
• Elegant open factory coachwork
• Accompanied by documentation including restoration and service receipts
• Ownership includes over 40 years of single enthusiast care
• Retains its original 4.0-litre engine

4,082 cc inline six-cylinder engine with hemispherical combustion chambers and twin Solex carburetors, 115 HP, four-speed Wilson pre-selector transmission, independent front suspension, semi-elliptic leaf-spring rear suspension with a live rear axle, and four-wheel drum brakes; wheelbase: 126”


By 1933, despite Talbot-Lago’s racing successes at Le Mans, Indianapolis, and the French Grand Prix, the sales branch in Suresnes was in danger of bankruptcy. In fact, it seemed that Sunbeam-Talbot-Darracq was on its last legs when a young Italian engineer named Anthony Lago was appointed General Manager in 1934. After having worked with Sunbeam and Wilson, Lago ultimately found his way to Sunbeam-Talbot-Darracq, which sent him to France in a last-ditch effort to save Automobiles Talbot.

Lago hired an engineer named Walter Brecchia, with whom he created the first Talbot-Lago to be based on a Talbot-Darracq three-litre Type K78. Although these first cars were nicely designed, they were hardly exciting driving machines, as they were ill-suited for racing and had poor platforms for elegant custom coachwork. Brecchia’s next engine proved to be a brilliant design, however. It was based on the seven main-bearing six-cylinder K78 block, its displacement was increased to four litres, and a new cylinder head was fitted, which dramatically improved both breathing and volumetric efficiency. The engine featured a hemispherical head design, where a valve gear was actuated by a low-set camshaft and crossed pushrods acted through both long and short rocker arms. With twin Solex carburetors, the new six could produce 140 horsepower at 4,200 rpm. The engine was also remarkably race-worthy, as all three Talbot-Lagos in the 1936 French Grand Prix finished in the top 10, putting up a good battle against the Bugattis before mechanical problems slowed them down. The following year, Talbot-Lagos came in 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 5th at the same race. Lago’s dream of producing one of the world’s greatest sports cars was now a reality.

The striking example offered here, chassis number 93615, retaining the original 4.0-litre engine, number 23440, is a highly desirable long-chassis Major variant displaying handsome Talbot-built cabriolet coachwork. Ownership includes, a prominent architect in Zurich, Switzerland as well as in the family of a long-term owner from 1971, where it remained for some 40 years. Later during his ownership, Swiss marque experts performed a comprehensive restoration to an exceptional standard using the finest materials, references and accurate finishes. During restoration, all trim, formed in chrome-plated brass, was refinished to show condition. All mechanical systems were restored as needed, including a newly rebuilt transmission. The body and paint were refined and refinished, with the interior restored to include a new top, headliner and carpeting. The beautiful wood dash is accented by a stunning array of restored instruments. Under current ownership in 2018, it received an all new interior, proper wheel discs and a show quality detail and freshening while entrusted to the experts at Stone Barn Automobile Restorations. The results speak for themselves. The T23 presents very well today and could be proudly displayed at concours and gatherings across the globe. The car is accompanied with documentation that includes ownership papers, numerous letters (including a certified letter from Talbot Registry), a photo album containing detailed restoration images, and receipts for services and restoration performed on the car.

The Talbot club reports than fewer than a dozen examples of these cleverly transformable T-23 series 4.0-litre Cabriolets remain in existence, making 93615 highly sought-after amongst collectors today. It is eligible for virtually all tours and events such as the Mille Miglia, California Mille and the Colorado Grand. As such, this example is an ideal addition to any collection of fine sporting automobiles.

1939 Talbot-Lago T23 Major 4-Litre Cabriolet
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