1950 Talbot-Lago T26 Record Cabriolet by Antem
£200,000 - £300,000
Documents: UK V5
- The 1949 Paris Salon show car
- Rare and desirable coachbuilt T26 cabriolet by Antem
- Post-war, independent coil-sprung chassis with superb handling and road manners
- 4,482-cc inline six-cylinder with twin Zenith-Stromberg carburettors
The chassis and drivetrain were new. Fully independent front suspension with coils ensured superior handling, while the trademark pre-selector Wilson gearbox was a joy to use in comparison to the cantankerous long-throw and slow-shifting boxes other cars were fitted with at the time. But the real jewel was the magnificent 4.5-litre six-cylinder twin-cam hemi engine that Anthony Lago had developed during the War with Carlo Marchetti, his chief engineer. Not only was it lovely to look at with its polished Art Deco valve covers, it also gave exceptional torque, and with its 170 hp, it made the Lago Record one of the most powerful passenger cars in the world. It was a grande routière in the classic manner and looked the part with its conservative, elegantly proportioned bodies and long, long hood in the 1939 idiom.
After the War, Antem developed a number of tasteful semi-pontoon designs characterized by a back-sloping grille, front fenders that faded elegantly into the bodywork and rounded rear fenders that flowed harmoniously into the svelte rear deck. Usually, the front fender carried an air vent originally inspired by the Buick Ventiports that influenced many French coachbuilders in the late 1940s. The overall effect of these Antem bodies was a very smooth style that was sporting and refined at the same time, and variations were mounted on a number of Delahaye and Talbot chassis.
This Talbot-Lago features all of these signature Antem design elements. Indeed, the car was shown on the Antem stand at the 1949 Paris Salon as a 1950 model. The current owner acquired the car in 2008. It was mechanically in good condition, but was given a bare-metal repaint, and a new interior in tobacco leather was specified. Today, chassis number 101001 presents a rare and unique opportunity to acquire a powerful grande routière with very rare cabriolet coachwork. An exciting, sporting car, this Talbot-Lago can either be used as the thrilling driver it is or be brought up to concours standard and entered in world-class events.