Most people will instantly think of the Bugatti Type 57 Atlantique or (Aerolithe) when asked about a gorgeous, art-deck teardrop coupe.
But this Talbot-Lago is arguably far more beautiful than even that legendary Bugatti. Named the T150 Competition SuperSport, the car is clearly more than a static showpiece. Eleven of this “New York” body were hand-made by legendary coachbuilders and designers Figoni and Falaschi.
So, is it the sexiest Teardrop Coupe ever made? We say yes.
Three key reasons for the Talbot-Lago’s lasting and sumptuous beauty topping the Bugatti:
— that last, artful bit of finesse in body shaping of the Talbot-Lago’s pontoon fenders seals the deal overall. The T150-C’s fenders are taller, fuller and fully rounded under the body at the sills, while the Bugatti panels by comparison appear machine-stamped. 1935 Bugatti 57S Competition Coupe Aerolithe
— the nose detailing of the Talbot-Lago from dead-front is far more elegant. A tall oval grille with a chrome waterfall is a stunning look. The deep vertical slats of the twin, embedded round headlamps match the grille and slice the air nicely. They also disappear behind a chrome visage when viewed from the front three-quarter angle
— finally, the upper body and tail are far more lovingly shaped than the Bugatti. This is evident in the slight crease of the top of the arrow-shaped windshield,
and flat press of the bumper as the roofline races downward, and of course, the elegant wide-pipe of the exhaust.
This exceptional car sold in 2011 for $3.5-million.
1938 Talbot-Lago T150-C SuperSport Teardrop Coupe
1938 Talbot-Lago T150-C SS Teardrop Coupé by Figoni et Falaschi