1948 Talbot-Lago T26 Grand Sport Cabriolet – Saoutchik Opus Seeking $2M-Plus At Monterey Auctions

1948 Talbot-Lago T26 Grand Sport CabrioletAny of the lavish, shouty luxury cars by Jacques Saoutchik are highly cyclical vehicles in terms of their desirability and value. In the boom times, there is no vehicle more iconic than and hand-made mid-century creation from this grand master. But in lean times, they are a lightning rod for the wrong kind of attention.

Depending on where your finances are this year, the GS Cab might scream for your checkbook or make you run for the hills.

Either way, the chance to buy an original, authentic Saoutchik is quite rare. And among the bon vivants for whom there is no hardship, this is the most lavish of all his loopy, embellished design vision.

Along with the art deco turquoise with cream and mirror-polished fenders, the T26 GS Cabriolet’s fabulous blooming bodywork will always epitomize a wild bull market.

May this boom time never end! =]

1948 Talbot-Lago T26 Grand Sport Cabriolet



13-15 August 2015

Lot 347

1948 Talbot-Lago T26 Grand Sport Cabriolet in the style of Saoutchik

To be auctioned on Saturday, August 15, 2015

$1,700,000 – $2,100,000

  • Chassis no. 110110
  • Engine no. 108
  • Gearbox no. 107

190 bhp, 4,482 cc OHV inline six-cylinder engine with three Zenith-Stromberg carburetors, four-speed Wilson pre-selector transmission, independent front suspension with transverse leaf springs, live rear axle with leaf springs, and four-wheel drum brakes. Wheelbase: 104.33 in.

  • Extremely rare and desirable SWB GP-derived chassis
  • Recent 10,000-hour restoration; exceedingly accurate and never shown
  • Documented by Talbot-Lago and Saoutchik authority Peter M. Larsen

The T26 Grand Sport was developed during the war as a sporting chassis by Anthony Lago. It was a direct descendant of the legendary pre-war T150C SS and had virtually identical specifications, including a shortened wheelbase chassis and independent front suspension by transverse leaf springs, as well as considerably more power from a new twin-cam 4.5-liter engine fed by three large carburetors. It was a refined automobile destined for the grand cru sportsman and chic Parisian society in equal measure. It was a grand gesture, the final flowering in France of the great tradition of the truly custom motor car, as the chassis was built to carry coachwork that was the last expression, anywhere in the world, of high style and luxury.

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