1956 Talbot-Lago T14 LS Special Coupe

Courtesy of Bonhams

Talbot-Lago introduced a sensational new 2.5-liter model at the 1955 Paris Salon — the T14 LS — an altogether superior sports car with a 4-cylinder, twin-camshaft, overhead-valve engine. In standard tune, the engine developed 120 bhp, which was transmitted via an all-synchromesh ZF gearbox. The chassis frame was fabricated from large-diameter tubes and featured independent front suspension. The styling borrowed much from the Record Grand Sport, the sleek 2+2 coachwork being a wonderful example of Gallic elegance.

The Talbot-Lago T14 LS was exclusive and expensive; only 54 examples were built, of which a very small number (believed seven or eight) were to Special specification.

The Special featured aluminum doors, bonnet and boot lid, Borrani wheels and high-lift camshafts, giving enhanced performance. This unique example was a factory demonstrator for distributors, one of whom was the ace Grand Prix driver Louis Rosier, who had won the 1950 Le Mans 24-Hour Race at the wheel of a Talbot-Lago T26 Grand Sport co-driven by his son, Jean-Louis.

This car’s frontal styling was especially modified to echo the looks of the T26 Grand Sport that Rosier used on the Carrera Panamericana. Louis Rosier, the Talbot-Lago distributor for Auvergne, is believed to have used this car and might have been instrumental in its subsequent sale. Records suggest that the Talbot-Lago has had only nine owners.

Chassis 140031 was restored in 1994 and comes with a detailed restoration file containing photographs and invoices together with a comprehensive history file relating to the model and this car in particular.

One of the recent previous owners, a well-known Talbot aficionado, drove the car enthusiastically at Talbot events both at home in the U.K. and overseas, taking part in the STD Register’s 80th Anniversary celebration trip to Tours in 2003.