This feature is a very special 1939 Talbot-Lago T150 C SS. This particular example proved to the world that the small eclectic French automobile manufacturer was capable of producing a vehicle so advanced before it’s time that it was able to actually place 5th at LeMans a full 10 years after it had originally been built. Remarkably, it has now endured 75 years without being restored and even still wears some of the original crude welding from when it was repaired for competition so long ago. Come take a closer look at this fascinating time capsule with us on the following page…
Only 4 Aerocoupes with M. Pourtout coachwork were ever built, of which just 3 are known to still exist today. Each wear their own identifying features by it’s designer, Georges Paulin.
One of those distinguishing features on this car is a ridgeline that runs down the rear of the car and is raised like a fin towards the bottom, as seen in the photo above.
When originally raced, it is thought to have had an overheating problem which was fixed by welding metal pieces onto it in order to direct airflow to it’s radiator, which it still wears today and can be seen above.
Often, these types of character features are removed when a car is restored and lost forever, which we find unfortunate since it is those trademarks that give it personality that cannot be replaced.
We always enjoy learning out about the unique parts used in vintage race cars. In particular, these Talbot-Lago’s had Wilson pre selector gearboxes that enabled the driver to select a gear in advance of actually shifting it, and then when it came time for the gear change the driver simply depressed the clutch.
When this 1939 Talbot-Lago survivor went up for sale at the 2008 Bonhams auction in Monterey, it ended up selling for $4,847,000, including premium when the hammer dropped.
That’s a lofty price, but not surprising considering it’s unique race history and provenance, while at the same time remaining a true Survivor.
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