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- ISBN-10: 1854432478
- ISBN-13: 9781854432476
by Peter M. Larsen with Ben Erickson
From 1948 to 1953, the Talbot-Lago Grand Sport was the star on the stands of the famous carrossiers at the Paris Salons and the shows in Geneva, Brussels and London. They were entered by their wealthy owners in post-war concours d'elegance in France and abroad, and they often won the grand prize for their elegance. A Talbot-Lago Grand Sport still does today, whenever one is shown. It looks like nothing else. It is remarkable. It draws a crowd.
The Talbot-Lago Grand Sport was an automobile destined for the grand cru sportsman and chic Parisian society in equal measure. It was a grand gesture, and the final flowering in France of the great tradition of the truly custom motorcar. The Grand Sport was outrageously exclusive not just because of its price, which was stratospheric, or its limited practicality, which was irrelevant, but because it was chic, ritzy, aristocratic and sharp as a knife all at once. The Grand Sport chassis with it’s unique hand-crafted body was a thing of luxury, appealing to a sophisticated clientele who could appreciate its superb pedigree and giving admission to the elite gatherings on the racing and concours circuit, no questions asked.
The Talbot-Lago Grand Sport was French haute couture in metal. It was "The Car from Paris”, the last of a kind. Here is the story of Anthony Lago and his rise from penniless car dealer in London to luxury car maker in France, and how the Grand Sport was born. And the story of every single Grand Sport chassis built.
Volume I tells the story of how the Grand Sport was born in the bleak post-war years. It is the story of how Talbot-Lago came into being, and the incredible tale of Anthony Lago’s life with his rise from refugee to penniless car dealer in London and finally luxury car maker in France. The post-war history of the marque is dealt with in great detail, additionally there is an in-depth discussion of the chassis and its components. A large section is devoted to a history of every single carrossier who bodied a Grand Sport chassis.
Volume II contains a detailed chassis by chassis history of every single Grand Sport laid down by the factory.
Buch, Doppelband im Schuber, Hardcover, 24 x 37 cm, insges. 676 Seiten, zahlreiche Abbildungen, englischer Text
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