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Country of origin:France
Produced in:1948
Numbers built:1
Designed by:Figoni & Falashi
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:December 16, 2019
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Chassis: 110103
One of the very first T26 Grand Sports completed, this chassis was delivered new to its first owner, a Mr Fayolle, in October of 1948. On his behalf, it had been clothed by Figoni & Falaschi with a striking coupe style coupe body. Fayolle was a wealthy industrialist and had made a chunk of his sizeable fortune with zippers. This was reflected in some of the custom features on the car like the trim on the engine cover above the large central headlight. The 'zipper king' reportedly only owned the car briefly and by the late 1950s it had been sold off to the United States. In 1960, following a two-and-a-half year restoration, a mechanic took the car for a test drive and lost it. The nose was damaged to the extent that the owner decided to sell the car.

The next custodian was Lindley Locke, who was a keen Talbot Lago enthusiast who had several other examples in his collection including two other T26s, a T150 CSS Pourtout Coupe and a T150 CSS 'Teardrop' Coupe. Locke paid the taxes on the car until 1964 and then placed it in storage. He passed away in 2001 and by 2011 his wife Betty decided to finally return the car to its original form. A restoration was started in the United States but before this was completed, it was sold to a Czech enthusiast. He continued the restoration work at his in-house facility and the unique T26 was finally ready to be shown in 2018. It immediately impressed at Pebble Beach where it was one of the nominees for the 'Best of Show' award. In 2019, it won best of show at the Chantilly Arts & Elegance and again at Salon Prive a few months later.


Chassis details
Manufactured in 1948
First owner Mr Fayolle
Last known location Czech Private Collection
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