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Lot: 389
1926 Talbot 10/23 Z10 Tourer

Registration No. YP 289
Chassis No. 20500
Engine No. 20500
Estimate: £12,000-£14,000

Clément Talbot was founded during 1903, the name being taken from two of its directors, the Earl of Shrewsbury and Talbot and the French car manufacturer, Adolph Clément. Initially importing the popular French Clément cars into Britain, but from 1905 Talbots were producing cars of their own design in London. Talbot cars soon gained an enviable record in competition and a special bodied Talbot 25hp, driven by Percy Lambert, was the first car to complete 100 miles in the hour at Brooklands in 1913. Following the Great War, Talbot along with Sunbeam, was acquired by the Darracq Company, creating the STD combine. The chief designer at this time was Georges Roesch, a gifted engineer who had joined the organisation in 1916 following a spell at Daimler. Roesch's design philosophy of lightness and the increase of output by means of higher rpm was vindicated with the 10/23 model announced in 1923, a development of the successful 8/18 light car. A model of high quality, it was powered by an OHV engine of 1074cc and featured a plate clutch, in-unit three-speed gearbox with central change, torque tube, spiral bevel back axle and quarter-elliptic suspension. It was capable of brisk performance for its size, with a top speed of some 55mph, allied to extremely good fuel economy and was regarded as the outstanding light car of its time.

This delightful, late example, appears to have the relatively rare factory supplied four-seater tourer coachwork. Nothing is known of its early history but it was recently subject to a total rebuilt, including new hubs, straightened axes, re-trimmed interior, and bare metal respray etc.

The Talbot comes with a V5C registration certificate and represents a rare opportunity to purchase a high quality vintage light car which will bring a huge amount of enjoyment for a modest price and which is eligible for the popular VSCC Light Car Section events.

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