Property of a deceased's estate,1934 Talbot AW 75 Sports Saloon Project  Chassis no. 34324

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1934 Talbot AW 75 Sports Saloon Project
Coachwork by Darracq Registration no. BPE 291 Chassis no. 34324

Sold for £ 19,550 (US$ 26,416) inc. premium
Property of a deceased's estate
1934 Talbot AW 75 Sports Saloon Project
Coachwork by Darracq

Registration no. BPE 291
Chassis no. 34324
*Desirable short-chassis model
*Noel Rees-style coachwork
*Present ownership for 50-plus years
*Offered for restoration

Footnotes

  • 'The 75 is a remarkably fast car from place to place, not just because it has a genuine maximum speed above 74mph, which is very good indeed, but because speeds anywhere up to 55 or even 60mph can be held pleasurably on suitable roads...' – The Autocar.

    The most successful division of the Anglo-French Sunbeam-Talbot-Darracq combine, Talbot might well have escaped take-over 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. Available in two wheelbase lengths (114" and 120", the latter being more expensive), the chassis was a substantial, affair featuring semi-elliptic front and quarter-elliptic rear springing, and equipped with effective brakes. The Wilson pre-selector, 'self-changing' gearbox came as standard.

    The car offered here carries close-coupled sports saloon coachwork by Darracq, in a style first commissioned privately by Noel Rees and later adopted by the factory on the short-chassis 75 and 105 models. 'BPE 292' was acquired by its late owner in 1963 and partially restored in the 1970s, with some of the work being done by marque specialist John Bland, after which it was used sparingly. For the last circa 30 plus years the car has been off the road due to the gearbox being stuck in gear. Well stored, this appears to be a fundamentally good and correct car with a solid body displaying good door shuts, etc and nice original trim. Departures from standard include the shock absorbers and exhaust system, and the provision of flashing indicators. The vehicle comes with a buff logbook, V5 and various sundry invoices, is offered for restoration and sold strictly as viewed.

Saleroom notices

  • This vehicle has been in the possession of the late owner since 1960 and not 1963 as catalogued.
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Property of a deceased's estate,1934 Talbot AW 75 Sports Saloon Project  Chassis no. 34324
Property of a deceased's estate,1934 Talbot AW 75 Sports Saloon Project  Chassis no. 34324
Property of a deceased's estate,1934 Talbot AW 75 Sports Saloon Project  Chassis no. 34324
Property of a deceased's estate,1934 Talbot AW 75 Sports Saloon Project  Chassis no. 34324
Property of a deceased's estate,1934 Talbot AW 75 Sports Saloon Project  Chassis no. 34324
Property of a deceased's estate,1934 Talbot AW 75 Sports Saloon Project  Chassis no. 34324
Property of a deceased's estate,1934 Talbot AW 75 Sports Saloon Project  Chassis no. 34324
Property of a deceased's estate,1934 Talbot AW 75 Sports Saloon Project  Chassis no. 34324
Property of a deceased's estate,1934 Talbot AW 75 Sports Saloon Project  Chassis no. 34324
Property of a deceased's estate,1934 Talbot AW 75 Sports Saloon Project  Chassis no. 34324
Property of a deceased's estate,1934 Talbot AW 75 Sports Saloon Project  Chassis no. 34324
Property of a deceased's estate,1934 Talbot AW 75 Sports Saloon Project  Chassis no. 34324
Property of a deceased's estate,1934 Talbot AW 75 Sports Saloon Project  Chassis no. 34324
Property of a deceased's estate,1934 Talbot AW 75 Sports Saloon Project  Chassis no. 34324
Property of a deceased's estate,1934 Talbot AW 75 Sports Saloon Project  Chassis no. 34324
Property of a deceased's estate,1934 Talbot AW 75 Sports Saloon Project  Chassis no. 34324
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