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White Box WB086; Talbot Lago 2500; Red

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The Talbot-Lago Sport was a coupé-bodied sports car introduced by the manufacturer in May 1955. It was Talbot-Lago’s last production model, and only 54 were built. After a couple of years the Talbot-designed engine was replaced with a BMW unit and the car was rebranded as the Talbot-Lago America.

The car’s launch was delayed by the company’s parlous financial condition, which continued to undermine its fortunes until the last cars were made, probably in 1959.

With the sale of the business to Simca, the new owners found themselves with the final handful of the Talbot Lago Americas, which were still awaiting engines. There was now no question of Simca being permitted, or wishing, to produce cars with BMW engines, and the only solution available was to fit the last batch of cars with Simca's own 2351 cc V8. This engine had its roots in 1930s Detroit, and was originally provided by Ford to give the (then) Ford Vedette produced by their French subsidiary a flavour of the driving experience offered by an unstressed US style V8 sedan. It was by no stretch of the imagination an engine for a sports car, and even with a second carburettor produced only 95 bhp (71 kW), as against the 138 bhp (103 kW) of the BMW-engined cars from the previous year's production. Claimed top speed was now reduced to 165 km/h (103 mph) in place of the 200 km/h (124 mph) listed the previous year.

This diecast model is by White Box, it was sourced from a private collection in February 2020

 
White Box WB086; Talbot Lago 2500; Red White Box WB086; Talbot Lago 2500; Red White Box WB086; Talbot Lago 2500; Red
White Box WB086; Talbot Lago 2500; Red White Box WB086; Talbot Lago 2500; Red White Box WB086; Talbot Lago 2500; Red
White Box WB086; Talbot Lago 2500; Red White Box WB086; Talbot Lago 2500; Red White Box WB086; Talbot Lago 2500; Red
     

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