1936 Talbot Lago T150C
Sold for €1,610,500
Billed as the very essence of French prewar racing cars, this factory Talbot from ’36 has led quite a life: four Le Mans starts, the 1937 Mille Miglia, assorted Grands Prix, Spa 24 Hours, and Liege-Rome-Liege Rally over a competitive career that lasted until 1950. Drivers such as Chiron, Chinetti, Levegh and Rosier sat behind its wheel and mastered its monster performance. A near 4-litre straight six delivering 170bhp to a Wilson preselector gearbox gives the magnificent machine a top speed of over 130mph. The Talbot T150C was, along with Bugatti 57G, Delage, and Delahaye 135S/145, built as France’s big hope to win Le Mans. Artcurial says cars from this elite group that have survived in reasonable condition number no more than 20 in the world. That makes this Talbot – one of a number of cars in the auction from the collection of Vuitton dynasty descendant Hervé Ogliastro – a rarity, one moreover eligible for most international historic race events. It would certainly make quite a sight in the new Varzi Trophy race at Members’ Meeting.
Presale estimate: €1.2-1.6 million (about £1-1.4m).