It is the Talbot-Lago T150-C SS Goute d’Eau coupe by Figoni et Falaschi. Which is quite a name for what is clearly quite a car – a French Art Deco masterpiece famously said to have not one wrong line or awkward angle about it. The “Teardrop” is perfection on wheels however you look at it.
And it’s for sale. The 1937 Teardrop in the next RM Sotheby’s sale at Villa Erba on May 27th is not the example we saw at Goodwood two years ago. That one, which used to belong to Bentley Boy Woolf Barnato, was brought over from the US by Peter Mullin whose Mullin Automotive Museum in California specialises in French cars of the ‘20s and ‘30s.
The sale car – with a guide price of €3.2-4.2 million, or currently about £2.8-3.6m – has lived most of its life in Switzerland. Said to be the second Teardrop built with enclosed front wheel arches, the 1937 example was restored in 2002 by Atelier et Carosserie de Tourraine.