1934 Talbot AV105 'Alpine Replica' Tourer  Chassis no. 35448 Engine no. AV328

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1934 Talbot AV105 'Alpine Replica' Tourer
Registration no. CGW 5 Chassis no. 35448 Engine no. AV328

Sold for £ 130,300 (US$ 178,610) inc. premium
1934 Talbot AV105 'Alpine Replica' Tourer
Registration no. CGW 5
Chassis no. 35448
Engine no. AV328

Footnotes

  • '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 (STD) combine, Talbot might well have escaped takeover by Rootes in 1935 had it not been shackled to its weaker partners. The company's 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. Talbot's Chief Engineer from 1916, Roesch rescued the company from the brink of failure with the launch of the 14/45. Introduced in 1926 as the basis of a one-model policy, the 14/45, 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.

    Abandoning the one-model programme, Roesch developed the 14/45 to produce the 75 and 90 models, the latter 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 Talbot's famous 'traffic clutch' which permitted automatic upward gear selection. Also new for '35 were a dropped chassis frame and a 3.4-litre model - the 110 - that would turn out to be the ultimate Roesch Talbot. One of the great makes of the 1930s, Talbot was axed by new masters Rootes in 1937.

    Talbot's reputation for producing highly effective competition cars owed a lot to the efforts of the Tolworth-based motor dealership and racing preparation specialist, Fox & Nicholl who had looked after the works team since 1930. In that year the Talbot 90s dominated the 3-Litre class in prestigious international events such as the Le Mans 24-Hour race, despite displacing only 2.3 litres. This run of success continued when the full 3-litre Talbot 105 became available. Famously registered 'GO 51' to 'GO 54' consecutively, the first four Fox & Nicholl Talbot 105s enjoyed an outstanding run of successes during the 1931 season, highlights of which included 1st, 2nd and 3rd in class at the Brooklands 'Double Twelve' and 3rd overall at Le Mans (1st un-supercharged car). The successes continued in 1932 with 1st, 2nd and 3rd in class at the Brooklands 1000 mile race, 3rd overall again at LeMans and 1st and 2nd overall in the Brooklands 500. In addition a solo attempt at the Mille Miglia was one of the great "might have beens" with GO53 finishing 25th after crashing at 900 miles when lying 4th overall.

    Talbot 105s also dominated the Alpine Rallies of the early 1930s. In 1931 a single entry of a car of "GO" specification driven by Humfrey Symons lost no marks and won a Coupe des Glaciers. The following year a team of three cars with Vanden Plas tourer coachwork finished without any penalties, winning the Coupe des Alpes outright. In 1934 a team of 3 production chassis carrying a modified version of the 1931/2 racing coachwork repeated the 1932 triumph. These were the famous "BGH" cars

    Given the model's amazing competition record, it is not surprising that many ordinary Talbot 105s have been converted into replicas of the works Alpine Rally team cars, that offered here being one such. Ownership of 'CGW 5' can be traced back to 1958 when it was a James Young saloon owned by K.D. Grose. It then passed into the hands of Bert Scates who had worked for Clement Talbot when the car was built. Renowned Roesch Talbot specialist Ian Polson owned it from 1970, selling to Dr Richard Raynes in 1984 who commissioned a complete mechanical restoration. The current vendor purchased the Talbot in 1988. Ian Polson continued the project, constructing the Alpine Replica coachwork using a Nick Jarvis frame, while John Foy of Royston was entrusted with trimming the interior. The restoration was completed around 1993.

    Since then some 5,000 miles have been covered and for the last 20-or-so years the car has been looked after by the highly respected Dunmow-based marque specialist Arthur Archer, who has serviced it and made various improvements. The Dynastart was rebuilt by Archer's in 2014 and the car benefits from a recent service by them. Works covering the period total circa £16,000. Details are contained within the extensive history file, viewing of which is highly recommended.

    Offered with V5C registration document, expired MOTs dating to 1996 and Talbot six-cylinder handbook, 'CGW 5' represents a wonderful opportunity to acquire a Talbot 105, rebuilt to the desirable works team car specification and fastidiously maintained ever since.
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1934 Talbot AV105 'Alpine Replica' Tourer  Chassis no. 35448 Engine no. AV328
1934 Talbot AV105 'Alpine Replica' Tourer  Chassis no. 35448 Engine no. AV328
1934 Talbot AV105 'Alpine Replica' Tourer  Chassis no. 35448 Engine no. AV328
1934 Talbot AV105 'Alpine Replica' Tourer  Chassis no. 35448 Engine no. AV328
1934 Talbot AV105 'Alpine Replica' Tourer  Chassis no. 35448 Engine no. AV328
1934 Talbot AV105 'Alpine Replica' Tourer  Chassis no. 35448 Engine no. AV328
1934 Talbot AV105 'Alpine Replica' Tourer  Chassis no. 35448 Engine no. AV328
1934 Talbot AV105 'Alpine Replica' Tourer  Chassis no. 35448 Engine no. AV328
1934 Talbot AV105 'Alpine Replica' Tourer  Chassis no. 35448 Engine no. AV328
1934 Talbot AV105 'Alpine Replica' Tourer  Chassis no. 35448 Engine no. AV328
1934 Talbot AV105 'Alpine Replica' Tourer  Chassis no. 35448 Engine no. AV328
1934 Talbot AV105 'Alpine Replica' Tourer  Chassis no. 35448 Engine no. AV328
1934 Talbot AV105 'Alpine Replica' Tourer  Chassis no. 35448 Engine no. AV328
1934 Talbot AV105 'Alpine Replica' Tourer  Chassis no. 35448 Engine no. AV328
1934 Talbot AV105 'Alpine Replica' Tourer  Chassis no. 35448 Engine no. AV328
1934 Talbot AV105 'Alpine Replica' Tourer  Chassis no. 35448 Engine no. AV328
1934 Talbot AV105 'Alpine Replica' Tourer  Chassis no. 35448 Engine no. AV328
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