Talbot-Lago cars in the Late 1930s & the Lime Rock Historic Festival

Yesterday I got a couple of emails that reminded me of a Talbot-Lago car that I saw last year at the Lime Rock Historic Festival.  Bob Melhado, who will be Chief Steward at the Lime Rock Historic Festival for the 23rd year, reminded me about this year’s event that will be held on Labor Day weekend.  Also, I got an email from Evan Gamblin, showing me a 1938 Talbot-Lago T150-C SS Teardrop Coupé by Figoni et Falaschi that had sold for almost $4.0M US at a recent RM Auction. 

The Talbot-Lago at Lime Rock Park in 2011

The history of Talbot-Lago is a little complicated.  Clement-Talbot was a British firm that was founded in 1902 in France.  In 1919 it was taken over by another British company, Darracq.  Then Sunbeam bought the group in 1925 and subsequently Rootes bought the whole group in 1935.  At that time Antonio Lago bought Darracq and began to make cars that were sold as Darracq in Britain and Talbot in France.

This Talbot-Lago has a color reminisent of French Racing Blue

After World War II, the Darracq name disappeared and the cars were known as Talbot-Lago.  I believe that this car is a Talbot-Lago T-150 that was made in the years 1937 to 1939.

The design of this style of Talbot-Lago is similar to the Type 57 Bugatti Coupe

In addition to looking good, these Talbot-Lago cars were high performance for their time.  In the late 1930s and the period immediately after World War II, Talbot-Lago cars appeared in Grand Prix races and Talbot-Lagos did very well at Le Mans in the early 1950s.

The design lines on this Talbot-Lago car are very free flowing!

From the time of this Talbot-Lago, the ownership and organizational history continued to be rather complicated.  Eventually Talbot made some very successful rally cars, but I’ll leave that part of Talbot’s history to another day.

The Talbot-Lago car shown above is an example of some of the great cars that can be seen at the Lime Rock Historic Festival which will take place on Labor Day weekend, September 2-5, 2011.

I am planning on attending the Lime Rock Historic Festival this year.  I will be going to the car show on Sunday.  The cars will be on display around the race track.  Racing, with over 300 cars entered, will take place on the other days; however no racing is allowed at Lime Rock on Sundays.  I would also recommend that you  get there early, as there is lots to see.

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2 Responses to Talbot-Lago cars in the Late 1930s & the Lime Rock Historic Festival

  1. Chuck Ange says:

    The car in the picture is not a Talbot Lago but is a modern reproduction or “tribute” car manufactured by TLC Carrossiers and is a modern

  2. Jim Garfield says:

    Hi Steve, I’m working my way back through your blog entries and saw this. I talked to the couple who had this car at Lime Rock. It is a repro that the husband builds, and I thought that it was very well done. This one was for sale, but I don’t recall what they were asking, or what drive train is used. I’m thinking maybe it was Jag based? I spent some time looking it over and was impressed with the build quality, even though it is fiberglass. If I recall correctly the molds were taken off an original car. The couple was from FL. I might have their card somewhere if anyone is interested in contacting them.


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