1956 Talbot-Lago T14 LS Special

The cars were quicker than the standard T14 LS, accelerating from0-100 km/hour in all of 14.5 seconds. Of course this was still slower than the much cheaper MG-TF

by the 1950s, the racing credentials of Talbot-Lago had been firmly established after years of active Grand Prix competition. The sensational new 2.5-liter car announced at the Paris Salon in 1955 was an altogether superior sports car, powered by a four-cylinder, twin high-camshaft, overhead-valve engine which in standard tune developed 120 hp. Power was transmitted through an all-synchromesh ZF gearbox. The car was mounted upon a large-diameter tubular chassis with transverse, leaf spring independent front suspension.

A most exclusive and expensive sports car, few Talbot-Lago T14 LS models were built, of which only a very small number were to Special specification. The Special featured aluminum doors, hood and trunk lid, Borrani wheels, and high-lift camshafts for enhanced performance.

This unique example was the factory demonstrator provided for use of ace Grand Prix driver Louis Rosier. Records suggest that a close friend of Rosier owned the car from 1959-1980. The car was restored in 1994 and comes with a detailed restoration file with relevant photographs and invoices.
Later twin Weber carburetors have been fitted to enhance performance and the present owner, a well-known Talbot aficionado, has driven the car enthusiastically at events at home and overseas.