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For Sale: 1920 Talbot 25/50
in Tandridge, United Kingdom

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Clement Talbot's chassis register records that this car was ordered by Messrs King & Harper on 11th April 1919 and was delivered to them during March in 1920. Although its pre-war history is not documented it is reputed to have once belonged to Woolf Barnato and been used as a rescue vehicle for the cars he and the Bentley Boys raced. It comes with a buff card log book dating from 1948 which records that that by that time it had been converted to a breakdown truck - as indeed had many powerful cars as they were by then just old cars which were cheap to buy but were strongly built and had plenty of power. In the late 1950s Talbot aficionado and Vintage Sports Car Club Past President Barry Clark purchased the car from a garage in Byfleet following which he removed the crane and truck body and replaced it with period Salmons all weather tourer coachwork from another otherwise derelict Talbot 20/50 which he had acquired at the same time. The car was duly campaigned in several VSCC events by a number of well-known club personalities although as time went on it was clearly in need of some specialist attention. The car was bought by its last but one owner in 1987 after which it was completely dismantled and a full restoration was entrusted to noted restorers Jim and Bruce Young with the brief that whatever needed to be done should be done with the 4.5 litre 4 cylinder engine being entrusted to Trevor Hawkes of Evesham who was given a similar brief. The resulting car is a credit to the restorers skills and the undoubtedly substantial expenditure made by the owner to ensure that the car would fulfil his requirement for a fine looking and powerful touring car with enduring reliability. The coachwork is superbly painted in blue with maroon wings and the chassis is also finished in maroon. All brightwork was refinished as necessary and the interior was re-trimmed in red leather with new red carpets being fitted. The remarkably easy to erect folding roof (complete with fully framed windows) was refurbished and ious new tonneau covers were made. The car is equipped with Duco lighting and has had direction indicators incorporated in the side lights with separate flashing units at the rear. The dashboard contains a superb selection of period instruments and the car is equipped with twin side-mounted spare wheels. Following its meticulous restoration between 1993 and 1996, the car has on occasion been shown in ious Concours dElegance achieving the Best Car of the Show Award at the VSCCs 65th Anniversary gathering at Malvern in 1999 and in 2001it won awards for best restoration and best under-bonnet condition at the Sunbeam Talbot Darracq Register National Rally. Since the restoration the car has covered several thousand miles and proved to be useable and reliable. This is a very rare high quality car from a leading British manufacturer which, although technically from the early vintage period, is at heart a late Edwardian car which exudes all the style and elegance of that period but is nonetheless surprisingly comfortable in modern traffic. The quite superb all-weather tourer coachwork provides fully open motoring with the roof down and when the windows are up and the convertible roof is in place gives the sort of comfort you normally only expect to get in a closed car. It is also a total show stopper with masses of presence but you really do need to see it to appreciate just how good it is!

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66,500 GBP
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