1927 Talbot 14/45 Drop Head Coupe One of the
few AF variants left and thought to be the only example with this W & G du
Cros body; chassis, bodywork, engine and electrical systems have all been worked
on over the last ten years; cracking machine
Georges Roesch, a Swiss automotive engineer, worked under Louis
Coatalen in the 1920s at the Talbot Motor Works in North Kensington, to develop
an innovative six-cylinder push-rod engine.
resulting Talbot 14/45 engine went into production in 1927, leading to a
successful run of type AD, AF, AG, AQ, AU, AU65 and AX 65 vehicles – in total
over 10,000 cars.
This Talbot 14/45 was
registered on the 30th
December 1927 (Chassis No. 23293; Engine No.
AD1357). It is one of a few of the
AF variants left and is thought to be the only AF with a rare W&G du Cros
Purchased by our vendor just over ten
years ago, work was immediately started to return the car to its former glory –
to improve the chassis, bodywork, and engine, including mechanical and
electrical systems. It was first inspected by well respected restorers Brewster
Mudie Ltd, who conducted some initial repairs to the exhaust and water manifolds
and checked over the engine. Vincent Rawlings was then called upon to complete
the engine rebuild which finished in 2014 – the initial firing up can be seen on
YouTube here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rGfjN0CForI
The gearbox, chassis and
bodywork were all thoroughly inspected and worked on where necessary over the
following years to produce the car that you see today. Details of all the work
done is extensively recorded within the file of paperwork, therefore
if bidders would like to know more, please contact the office
The vendor advises us that
it starts and runs, although further commissioning will needed as the
car has not been driven on the public roads for some time and additional work
would bring the upholstery and hood up to a better standard.
and beautifully made hood frame has been fully restored and simply needs to be
covered and under the natty seat covers, the original material exists and
remains in scuffy if usable condition. The rear window frame is stored
in the boot, together with the dickey squab frame and the starting handle, boot
key, some useful spare parts, and special spanners. All window runners
are fitted, as are the side windows which roll up and down
as they should - basically all the hard work as been done.
coachwork is in excellent order, with what looks like a quality coach-painted
finish to the body - clearly many hours have been spent getting the car to the
standard that you see in the photos.
Although it will need a little finishing off for regular use,
it serves as a great opportunity to own a rare bodied Talbot - a top-quality car
in its day and one which should appeal to the discerning VSCC
motorist.Further information to come - firstname.lastname@example.org