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    1955 BMW 326 LeBlond Berlinetta

    In the early 1950s, Talbot-Lago entrusted designer Eugene Martin with the task of deigning the body for one of its proposed new models. Unfortunately, this was not a prosperous time for the French prestige car manufacturer, which was enduring a highly unfavorable taxation policy and uncertain finances factors that led to this particular project being abandoned. Martin's promising new design might have disappeared into oblivion had it not been for the arrival of a new backer, Alber Leblond. The latter was no newcomer to the business; previously with Bugatti, he had built a BMW-based barchetta that distinguished itself in the Paris 12 Hours Race in 1948. As a result of this successful experiment, Leblond again chose BMW power in the form of the 2.0-liter six-cylinder overhead valve engine as used in the pre-was 326 model. Tuned to produce about 80 hp, this was installed in a Ferrari-esque, oval tube, short-wheelbase chassis equipped with Bugatti brakes and Type 57 SC rear axle, around which was wrapped Martin's aerodynamically efficient, Berlinetta coachwork. The French Carte Grise indicates 1939 as the year of the engine's manufacture and 1955 for the completed car.


    1955 BMW 326 LeBlond Berlinetta
    Year 1955
    Make BMW
    Model 326 LeBlond Berlinetta
    Engine Location Front
    Drive Type Rear Wheel
    Coach Work Berlinetta

    Engine
    Engine Configuration I
    Cylinders 6
    Aspiration/Induction Normal
    Displacement 2.00 L | 122 cu in. | 1999.6 cc.
    Valvetrain SOHC
    Horsepower 80.00 HP (58.9 KW)
    HP / Liter 40.0 BHP / Liter
    Fuel Type Gasoline - Petrol

    Dimensions
    Doors 2
    Attached Images Attached Images

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    thanks, that is a unique motorcar (I never heard of it before). Do you know where the pics were taken? Is that Amelia Island?
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    Quote Originally Posted by costaszzr1100
    In the early 1950s, Talbot-Lago entrusted designer Eugene Martin with the task of deigning the body for one of its proposed new models. Unfortunately, this was not a prosperous time for the French prestige car manufacturer, which was enduring a highly unfavorable taxation policy and uncertain finances factors that led to this particular project being abandoned. Martin's promising new design might have disappeared into oblivion had it not been for the arrival of a new backer, Alber Leblond. The latter was no newcomer to the business; previously with Bugatti, he had built a BMW-based barchetta that distinguished itself in the Paris 12 Hours Race in 1948. As a result of this successful experiment, Leblond again chose BMW power in the form of the 2.0-liter six-cylinder overhead valve engine as used in the pre-was 326 model. Tuned to produce about 80 hp, this was installed in a Ferrari-esque, oval tube, short-wheelbase chassis equipped with Bugatti brakes and Type 57 SC rear axle, around which was wrapped Martin's aerodynamically efficient, Berlinetta coachwork. The French Carte Grise indicates 1939 as the year of the engine's manufacture and 1955 for the completed car.


    1955 BMW 326 LeBlond Berlinetta
    Year 1955
    Make BMW
    Model 326 LeBlond Berlinetta
    Engine Location Front
    Drive Type Rear Wheel
    Coach Work Berlinetta

    Engine
    Engine Configuration I
    Cylinders 6
    Aspiration/Induction Normal
    Displacement 2.00 L | 122 cu in. | 1999.6 cc.
    Valvetrain SOHC
    Horsepower 80.00 HP (58.9 KW)
    HP / Liter 40.0 BHP / Liter
    Fuel Type Gasoline - Petrol

    Dimensions
    Doors 2
    quote your sources please.Source also confirms 2005 Amelia Island concours.

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    I Found the pics in the Vehicle Manufacturer listing site.
    They Have information for this car.

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    I Dont Know if this pics are from 2005 Amelia Island concours.
    the site is (conceptcarz.com).
    They have a very good list of beautifull cars.

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