1934 Talbot AV105 “Alpine Racer”

Courtesy of Bonhams

Simply the best. No other phrase better sums up BGH 23. In its day, this was the outstanding British sports touring car.

Georges Roesch’s long line of “Invincible Talbots” needs little introduction to the discerning car connoisseur, and only a combination of poor luck and poor timing meant they never achieved the big-race overall victory which would have made the Talbots from Barlby Road, London, W10, much more widely appreciated.

Talbot competed so widely within their period that BGH 23, as offered here, is eligible for all of the great historic rallies and major-circuit events, such as the Mille Miglia Retrospective, the Le Mans Classic, the Endurance Rally Association’s Alpine Tour and Flying Scotsman, and of course the Goodwood Revival Meeting — in all of which Talbots in recent years, as in period, have proved extremely capable and competitive.

This imposing car is the ultimate Talbot development of the company’s Swiss-born chief engineer, Georges Roesch, and of all the Works and Works-supported team sports cars that he conceived and developed to perfection, BGH 23 is the only one which raced with the much more potent 3.3-liter 110 6-cylinder engine fitted by the factory in period.

Therefore, BGH 23 can be described as being the ultimate expression of the big, four-seat, British sports-racing car. The car is from a sporting tradition founded in British Racing Green by Bentley and carried on — in varying liveries — by both Lagonda and, quite hyperactively, by Talbot.

Thor Thorson

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Thor grew up in northern Iowa. His father bought a red Jag XK 150 in the late 1950s, and that was all it took; he has been in love with sports cars , racing cars and the associated adrenaline rush ever since. He has vintage raced for more than 20 years, the bulk of them spent behind the wheel of a blue Elva 7. When he’s not racing, he is president of Vintage Racing Motors Inc., a collector-car dealer and vintage-racing support company based in Redmond, WA. His knowledge runs the full spectrum of vintage racing, and he has put that expertise to good use for SCM since 2003.

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