This particular T23 was originally delivered to renowned French Grand Prix driver Louis Rosier at the time of his 1938 Le Mans entry, alongside a similarly designed T150SS Coupé by Figoni et Falaschi.
The design of the car was by Figoni of coach builders Figoni et Falaschi but its construction was completed at Talbot Lago’s workshops near Paris. The car was restored many years later by a mechanical engineer over the course of a further 20 years. This gentleman a Monsieur Andre Lapines of Lille. An avid Talbot Lago enthusiast, this gentleman painstakingly restored the car from the frame up, paying particular attention to originality and rebuilding the engine and gearbox. 2,000 hours were spent on detailed work, rendering an absolutely show quality finish.
We understand, the car was then purchased by Mr Jack Stromers of Monterey, California in 1996 and driven over 800 miles through the French Alps before finding its way to California. The car was then sold to a Dutch collector in 2004 and returned to Europe where it won a first prize in its category at the Concours d'Elegance 2010 at Paleis Het loo (Netherlands).
Its last owner, another Talbot Lago enthusiast and an engineer, has owned the car for the last 7 years, during which period he has won several prizes in concours events in the South West Region of France.
The car has beautifully proportioned pontoon style wings with full rear wing spats. The wings are adorned with typical Figoni et Falaschi elaborations in stainless steel.
From its louvred bonnet to its distinctive dorsal fin at the rear, the blue duo shade Cabriolet remains in excellent overall condition. The interior is finished in rouge leather with matching carpets and all the interior woodwork veneer is in outstanding order.
The car is fitted with a 6 Cylinder 4.1 litre engine and a Wilson pre-select gearbox giving sparkling pre-war road performance.
The car is in overall good mechanical and cosmetic condition and ready to participate in any tour or event.
From a design standpoint, the Talbot Lago T23 is an exercise in elegance, luxury, and race-proven performance. Alongside the likes of Delage, Delahaye, and Bugatti, Talbot Lago's represent the very best of French coachbuilt motor cars. Given the enormous sums commanded by Teardrop Coupés, this particular T23 Cabriolet offers Talbot Lago prestige with Figoni et Falaschi design.