Lot 394

Monaco 2012

1939 Talbot-Lago T23 Three-Position Cabriolet


€140,000 - €180,000 EUR | Not Sold

Monaco | Monaco, Monaco



Chassis No.

115 bhp, 4,082 cc inline six-cylinder engine with twin Solex carburettors, four-speed BV Wilson manual transmission, independent front suspension, semi-elliptic leaf springs and live rear axle, and four-wheel drum brakes. Wheelbase: 2,950 mm (116“)

• Desirable 4-litre example

• One of about a dozen known examples

The owner of this particular Talbot-Lago, chassis 93463, a collector for four decades, desired a car with more class, refinement and performance that could be driven on a regular basis. Fatefully, he became aware of a rare four-litre Talbot-Lago cabriolet that might be available from a French collector living in London. After four trips, the seller was able to convince the London collector to part with his gorgeous T23 factory-bodied three-position drophead cabriolet.

Prior to his acquisition of chassis 93463 in the mid-2000s, the Talbot-Lago had been completely restored in 1998 by well respected White Post Restorations in Virgina, where it was finished in this gorgeous two-tone blue with burgundy leather interior. For the last eight years, the gentleman owner of this example has enjoyed it thorougly, keeping it on the road as a proper motorcar deserves to be, whilst storing it in a heated garage. The only modification made during his ownership was a switch from whitewall tyres to more sporting Michelin X blackwall tyres. In 2007, a recommissioning was performed on the carburettor, brakes, electrics and ignition.

Today, the Talbot presents with a lovely patina from its thoughtful use over the years but remains roadworthy. The T23 is highly respected for the rigidity of its chassis and the ruggedness of its four-litre engine, as well as the balance and beauty of the coachwork afforded by its chassis. According to the vendor, the Talbot club reports fewer than a dozen examples in existence, and 93463 is ready to stun its passengers with its performance and onlookers with its timeless beauty.