1934 Talbot 75 Saloon  Chassis no. 37325 Engine no. AW1035

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Lot 182
1934 Talbot 75 Saloon
Chassis no. 37325 Engine no. AW1035

Sold for £ 15,525 (US$ 20,447) inc. premium
1934 Talbot 75 Saloon
Coachwork by Darracq

Chassis no. 37325
Engine no. AW1035
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 company’s then healthy position had been achieved by a succession of well-engineered products penned by its designer, Swiss-born Georges Roesch, whose obsession with the pursuit of high performance through increased engine revolutions led to some of the most memorable cars of the 1930s.

Developed from the highly successful 14/45, the 2.3-litre ‘75’ offered roomy, comfortable transport at a competitive price and, like all Roesch’s Talbot creations, was powered by a smooth and flexible six-cylinder overhead-valve engine endowed with a remarkably high output for its size. The chassis was a substantial, X-braced affair featuring semi-elliptic front and quarter-elliptic rear springing, and equipped with effective brakes.
This Talbot Type AW75 was delivered new to Tozer, Kemsley & Millbourne, the Talbot export and shipping agents, and exported to South Africa in July 1934. One of 480 examples of its type manufactured, this car - number ‘325’ - retains its original engine, Wilson pre-selector gearbox and blue colour scheme. Between April 1947 and June 1981 the car belonged to the late Bryan Smith, an enthusiastic collector and engineer well known in Talbot and vintage car circles, and was the first of the many Talbots he owned. Accompanying documentation records a further four private owners in South Africa between 1981 and 1992.

The car returned to the UK in June 2004 and comes with South African clearance/export documents and C&E Form 386. Noteworthy features include an electric fuel pump for carburettor priming when cold (fitted by a previous owner), rear trunk with suitcase and hat box, ‘dynamotor’ combined starter/generator, permanent starting handle and ‘spanner’ screwed into the fuel filler for operating the fold-down luggage carrier. A Clement Talbot Chassis Register Production & Sales Record, original sale’s brochure, instruction book and copy of Bryan Smith’s obituary (referring to this car) are included in the sale.

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1934 Talbot 75 Saloon  Chassis no. 37325 Engine no. AW1035
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