- Extremely rare model (54 built)
- Same owner since 1964!
- Outstanding original condition
According to the works build sheet at our disposal, this car was delivered new on 9 November 1955 to M. Robillard. The body colour is described as black, combined with Havana 261 vinyl upholstery and aluminium-coloured wire wheels. We have received confirmation that only two cars were delivered new with bodywork in this sober finish. This interesting document also specifies that the car was fitted with strengthened, heat-treated pushrods, modified pistons, Saulnier valve springs and 88650 camshafts.
It was registered in Paris on 7 November 1955 as 8997 EL 75. This registration number allows us to identify the car among six models brought together by Anthony Lago at the Montlhéry track for a customer test day, held in front of the press and key figures from the world of motoring. Its former registration document indicates that the car was then sold in 1963 to a young enthusiast in Paris, whose brother - whom we were able to contact - also owned a T14, just like his father, who had bought one new! Following a collision in Paris, his family made him sell the car, lest he be involved in a more serious accident. And so, in March 1964, its current owner bought 140006, one of the first cars built. After this, he used it with great care, until laying it up on blocks 25 years ago, so that the recorded mileage of 46,509 km is that since new. Every year until 2017, accompanied by his nephew, he restarted the car: the engine therefore turns over and could easily be got running again. The cooling system, a weak point of the model, was modified with the fitment of an electric fan, but the original parts, together with the bumpers, which have been removed, are with the car. In strictly original condition, with the exception of the paintwork, which was resprayed in French blue in 1964, this splendid coupé is in exceptionally well preserved condition.
As well as being among the last representatives of one of the most prestigious French makes from between the wars, it has the advantage of being one of the last unrestored cars. Its clear and interesting history only adds to the significance of this model, of which just 54 examples were built.
For more information and photos: https://www.artcurial.com/fr/lot-1955-talbot-lago-sport-2500-t14-ls-3980-15