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  Talbot Lago T26C Dugarreau Barchetta
 

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Country of origin:France
Produced from:1950 - 1951
Numbers built:23 (all versions)
Designed by:Charles Deutsch
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:October 23, 2006
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Chassis: 110056
Featured is the last competition T26 constructed, which was sold partly assembled to Pierre Levegh. Complying with the latest regulation, he commissioned aerodynamics expert Charles Deutsch to design a fully enveloping body for the 1952 24 Hours of Le Mans race. The somewhat unusual shape was converted into aluminium by Dugarreau. In a memorable drive of almost 23 hours straight, Levegh was forced to retire from the lead with engine problems. It was later revealed that he did not want his partner to take over, because he did not think he was able to nurse the already damaged engine home. Sadly not this stellar drive, but the devastating 1955 crash is what Levegh has been remembered for.

After Levegh's fatal crash in the Mercedes-Benz, the unique Talbot Lago was sold and at one point it was owned by well known Porsche-entrant Otto Zipper. It has since been used extensively; mainly on the street. Early in the 1970s a cycle fender bodywork replaced the Duetsch designed body. In recent years the original body has been re-fitted during a thorough restoration. In 2006 the car appeared in the May issue of Motorsport Magazine and a few months later it graced the lawn at Pebble Beach.


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2015 Retromobile 2015 Retromobile 2015 Retromobile 2014 Le Mans Classic
2010 Monaco Historic Grand Prix 2010 Monaco Historic Grand Prix 2008 Le Mans Classic 2007 Retromobile
2007 Retromobile 2006 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance 2006 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance 2006 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance
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  Article Image gallery (18) 110056 Specifications