Property of a Deceased Estate
1937 Talbot BI 105 Speed Tourer
Coachwork by Clement Talbot Ltd, Acton
Registration no. DYK 437
Chassis no. 4096
Engine no. 91
The international reputation achieved by Talbot products has gained an added lustre through racing successes, but is fundamentally based upon the good repute which these cars enjoy amongst Talbot owners in all countries. The make is definitely numbered in that select group of cars of distinction, which endear themselves to the heart of the true enthusiast. The Motor, May 1935.
The most successful division of the Anglo-French Sunbeam-Talbot-Darracq combine, Talbot might well have escaped takeover by Rootes in 1935 had it not been shackled to its weaker partners. The companys then healthy position had been achieved by a succession of well-engineered products penned by its designer, Swiss-born Charles Roesch, whose obsession with the pursuit of high performance through increased engine revolutions led to some of the most memorable cars of the 1930s. Talbots Chief Engineer from 1916, Roesch rescued the company from the brink of failure with the launch of the seminal 14/45. Introduced in 1926 as the basis of a one-model policy, the 1.7-litre 14/45 offered roomy, comfortable transport at a competitive price and, like all Roeschs Talbot creations, was powered by a smooth and flexible six-cylinder overhead-valve engine endowed with a remarkably high output for its size.
Abandoning the one-model programme, Roesch developed the 14/45 to produce the 75 and 90 models, both powered by 2.3-litre versions of the overhead-valve six, the latter model setting Talbot on the path towards renewed sporting success. 1931 saw the arrival of the 3.0-litre 105 powered by a new six featuring staggered valves, a Roesch stratagem allowing for improved breathing. There was more technical innovation for 1933 in the form of Luvax adjustable dampers and the Roesch-designed, Wilson pre-selector gearbox, the latter augmented for 1935 by Talbots famous automatic traffic clutch which permitted sequential upward gearchanges. Also new for 35 were a dropped chassis frame and a 3.4-litre model - the 110. The ultimate Roesch Talbot, the 110 lent its 10-wheelbase chassis frame to one of the marques final models the 105 Speed which meant that the latter retained the desirable pre-selector transmission, unlike the last of the ordinary 105s which used a conventional box. One of the great makes of the 1930s, Talbot was axed by new masters Rootes in 1937.
Dating from the final year of production, this 105 Speed comes with (copy) Production and Sales Record taken from the Clement Talbot Chassis Registers and STD Register Car History Sheet. The latter records that the car was exported to the USA from Manchester in 1962 and returned to this country in July 1988, its next UK owner being one Richard Davies of Romsey, Hampshire who purchased it from D Howard Cars, Southampton in July 1989. Chassis number 4096 was subsequently restored by Cecil Schumacher between August 2000 and May 2002, and on completion was purchased from him by the vendor. The restoration included a full engine rebuild and installation of a full-flow oil filter; gearbox overhaul; steering box repair; new throttle and choke controls fitted; new rear axle crown wheel/pinion fitted together with extra bearing; total overhaul of front axle and much more besides. Included in the sale is a copy of Cecil Schumachers summary of work carried out together with his observations and instructions.
In February 2006 the car was sent to world-famous marque specialists Archers of Dunmow for servicing, minor repairs and MoT testing. Archers accompanying invoice (for £882) reports that compression was good on all cylinders and that there was no sign of water loss or overheating. The car is offered with old-style logbook, a quantity of expired MoT certificates and tax discs, Swansea V5 document and MoT to March 2007.