The 1937 Talbot-Lago 150CS of French manufacture is rated as one of the most beautiful cars ever produced being designed on the ‘teardrop’ principal where every panel in the body curved, mostly compound.
This model has a 4.5L engine with triple carbs and cross flow head. The gearbox is an unusual mechanical preselector type and proved to be quite successful on the race track.
Talbot-Lago were produced between 1935 and 1940, and then again after the war and were often seen on the race track, at one stage winning Le Mans.
Tony[Antonio] Lago as he was known was an engineer with a reputation of being extremely clever and this was very evident in the cars he manufactured up to the late 1950’s when he was forced to sell his company.
However like many of the more expensive cars of that era financial problems set in and from 1957 were forced to cease improving their engine own and buy in BMW engines.
During 1959 Lago sold to Simca who powered remaining Talbot-Lago’s with their 2350cc V8 Simca engine, a very old fashioned underpowered unit originally made by Ford in the 1930’s.
I can remember this Simca, think it called the Vedette. I was 18 at that time and was quite keen on buying one as they were well priced for a new car and not bad-looking either.
The Anglo-French STD (Sunbeam-Talbot-Darracq) combine collapsed in 1935. The French Talbot company was acquired and reorganised by Venetianborn engineer Antonio Lago and after that, the “Talbot-Lago” name was used internationally. On the home market the cars still bore the Talbot badge they had carried since 1922, which was when, in France, the “Talbot-Darracq” name had given way to “Talbot”.
At the same time, the British interests of Talbot were taken over by the Rootes Group and the parallel use of the Talbot brand in France and Britain ended. Talbot-Lago cars sold in Britain were now to be badged as Darracqs.
For 1935, the existing range continued in production but from 1936 these were steadily replaced with cars designed by Walter Becchia, featuring transverse leaf sprung independent suspension. These included the 4-cylinder 2323 cc (13CV) Talbot Type T4 “Minor”, a surprise introduction at the 1937 Paris Motor Show, and the 6-cylinder 2,696 cc (15CV) Talbot “Cadette-15”, along with and the 6-cylinder 2,996 cc or 3,996 cc (17 or 23CV) Talbot “Major” and its long-wheelbase version, the Talbot “Master”: these were classified as Touring cars.
Thanks to the source : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talbot-Lago
The Talbot name originated in 1922 with the company name being split up in 1935 and Tony Lago taking the French Talbot name and so Talbot-Lago was born.
Talbot-Lago did well in motor racing, winning Le Mans and featuring on many race tracks.
Soon after WW2 however a slow decline of sales set in, certainly not helped by massive higher taxes imposed on cars with engines above 2 litres.
While the body of the post war cars were considered very attractive both mechanically and chassis were in need of upgrading. Lack of funds was a major hurdle by now.
Towards the end Talbot-Lago were buying BMW engines as they no longer afford to continue developing their own.
So ended Talbot-Lago. In 1959 rather than go bankrupt Tony Lago accepted a buy out offer from Simca, ending another previously famous motor car ceasing to exist.
Jay goes for a drive but unfortunately has unforseen gearbox problems.