Talbot-Lago T150 added to Bonhams Amelia Island line-up
Bonhams has added a very special 1938 Talbot-Lago T150 Cabriolet to its Amelia Island line-up.
The Talbot-Lago T150 was essentially the car that saved the French company from closure.
At the start of the 1930s, the Talbot factory was struggling financially, and when the Great Depression struck in 1932 it spelled disaster.
Italian engineer Anthony Lago was sent to France to rescue the operation, and having taken over the business, used his ingenuity to transform its fortunes.
He designed a stunning coach-built cabriolet, which made its public debut at the Paris Salon in October 1934, and was then developed into the Talbot-Lago T150 C, also known simply as the Lago Spéciale.
It was one of the fastest and best-handling cars money could buy, and was campaigned to great success on the racetrack. By the late 1930s, the Talbot-Lago factory team was sweeping to victory in the French Grand Prix and the Monte Carlo Rally, establishing itself as one of Europe's leading automobile manufacturers.
The car on offer at Bonhams, chassis number 90039, is one of only 51 examples ever built by the French company.
Having been shipped to the U.S in the 1930s by dealer Luigi Chinetti, it was later owned by Briggs Cunningham, the wealthy American entrepreneur renowned for racing automobiles and yachts.
The car then passed into the collections of Peter Mullin, founder of the Mullin Automotive Museum, and Bill Marriot, Chairman of the Board of Marriott International.
Chassis 90039 was acquired by its current owner in 2012, when it began a painstaking, four-year restoration from the ground up. With all work completed by marque specialists across Europe, the car is now offered in pristine, concours-ready condition with an estimate of $1.2 - $1.5 million.
"With its racing pedigree, very limited production second series body, and the even rarer factory-option Figoni designed grille, chassis 90039 presents a beautiful combination that is seldom seen," said Bonhams.
"It is justly regarded as one of the most tasteful and lithe French designs of the late 1930s. Coupled with the belle mechanique, or beautiful mechanicals, of its handsome chassis, elegant road manners, and superior acceleration, 90039 is a truly exciting motorcar."
The Bonhams Amelia Island sale takes place at the Fernandina Beach Golf Club on March 9.