Talbot-Lago T26 GRAND SPORT COUPÉ SAOUTCHIK | 1948

Talbot-Lago T26 GRAND SPORT COUPÉ SAOUTCHIK | 1948

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This type of car cannot be judged against general standards. This Talbot Lago is an automotive sculpture, a work of art. Function follows form and not the other way round.

The flamboyant styling is by Jacques Saoutchik, a cabinet maker who fled from the Ukraine and set up his own coachbuilding company in Paris in 1906. His only aim was to make it to the top in the motorcar industry, and this he finally achieved in the 1920s.

The exaggerated, voluptuous contours and the excessive use of chrome were typical of Saoutchik’s designs. Note the bulging wheel casings, the subtle fins on the mudguards and the numerous chrome trims. Technically, it was also one of the fastest cars of its time: the 190 hp Talbot Lago could reach a top speed of 200 km/h.

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