1926 Talbot 18/55hp Limousine  Chassis no. 1305682 LM Engine no. 100320

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1926 Talbot 18/55hp Limousine
Registration no. NF 1146 Chassis no. 1305682 LM Engine no. 100320

£ 30,000 - 40,000
US$ 37,000 - 50,000
1926 Talbot 18/55hp Limousine
Registration no. NF 1146
Chassis no. 1305682 LM
Engine no. 100320

Footnotes

  • Formed in 1903 to import French Clément cars into the UK, the British-owned Clément-Talbot concern quickly dropped the Clément name and by 1905 was assembling partly British-made Talbots at its new factory in London. A wide variety of French-built models continued to be imported, but by 1906 the first all-British Talbot had arrived. Talbot merged with Sunbeam in 1919 and the following year combined with the French Darracq concern to form the Sunbeam-Talbot-Darracq (STD) conglomeration. Confusingly, the products of the Suresnes factory were badged as Talbots in France and Darracq elsewhere, and the former should not be confused with the British-made Talbots designed by Georges Roesch.
    Based on the Sunbeam 16/50, the Talbot 18/55 was powered by a 2,540cc overhead-valve 'six' driving via a right-hand change, three-speed gearbox and torque tube to a spiral bevel rear axle, while the substantial chassis incorporated semi-elliptic front and cantilever rear springing. A relatively short-lived model, the 18/55 was produced between 1924 and 1926, a total of only 292 cars being built during that time.
    Believed to by the sole surviving Talbot 18/55 retaining its original limousine coachwork, this car was sold new via David Rosenfield Motor Factors, of Manchester to its first owner, Mr James Fairbank, of Amotherby, North Yorkshire. In 1984 Mr Fairbank sold the Talbot to its second owner, Mr M G J Vasey, who kept the car for the next 20 years, selling it to the vendor in 2004. Purchased as a restoration project, the Talbot had been laid up in barn storage for many years and was despatched to Beaufort Restoration Services in Kent for total refurbishment. Undertaken with careful attention to detail and the preservation of original features as a priority, the restoration was completed in 2005 at a cost in excess of £30,000 (all bills available) and the car remains in commensurately fine condition today.
    ‘NF 1146’ comes with a wonderful file of history including David Rosenfield’s bill of sale and an original ‘The Invincible Talbot’ sales brochure and ‘The Invincible Talbot Twenty Six’ instruction book (complete with supplying dealer’s sticker). Finished in blue/black and retaining its original Bedford Cord interior, this superb Vintage Talbot is offered with the aforementioned restoration invoices, current road fund licence, MoT to July 2009 and Swansea V5 registration document.
1926 Talbot 18/55hp Limousine  Chassis no. 1305682 LM Engine no. 100320
1926 Talbot 18/55hp Limousine  Chassis no. 1305682 LM Engine no. 100320
1926 Talbot 18/55hp Limousine  Chassis no. 1305682 LM Engine no. 100320
1926 Talbot 18/55hp Limousine  Chassis no. 1305682 LM Engine no. 100320
1926 Talbot 18/55hp Limousine  Chassis no. 1305682 LM Engine no. 100320
1926 Talbot 18/55hp Limousine  Chassis no. 1305682 LM Engine no. 100320
1926 Talbot 18/55hp Limousine  Chassis no. 1305682 LM Engine no. 100320
1926 Talbot 18/55hp Limousine  Chassis no. 1305682 LM Engine no. 100320
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