Talbot Lago 1951

           
           

France


T 15 Baby berline


berline

T 15 LB Lago Baby 15 CV berline (4 cyl) - ost.rok
T 15 LB Lago Baby 15 CV berline (4 cyl) - nowy model z nadwoziem "ponton"
T 26 L Lago Record 26 CV berline - nowy model
T 26 Lago Grand Sport Coupé
Lago Baby berline (6 cyl) - nowy model

HAPPILY the financial affairs of Automobiles Talbot, of France, are not in such a serious condition as was at first understood. In fact, its assets are three times its liabilities, and a misunderstanding seems to have arisen because of the difficulty of giving the exact shade of meaning to the expression liquidation judiciare. This does not mean that the company is in liquidation, the expression for which is faillit, but that it has been granted a moratorium, its debts to be paid in full but spread over a period of eight years. The action which brought this about was not taken by any of the suppliers, none of whom is a creditor for more than £200, but by the taxation department of the French Government, which is the largest creditor.
Production was interrupted for a period of only two days, and not only were cars prepared for Pau and Bordeaux, in which races Rosier finished respectively second and first, but they are also being prepared for Le Mans, where they will be driven by Rosier, Etancelin and Giraud-Cabantous. The production programme has also been simplified, and the new model, of which the prototype has been shown to a representative of The Autocar, will make its appearance at the Paris Salon in October. This will be the only model produced, and it is a four-door four-light saloon of full width frontal appearance and with graceful lines which, nevertheless, retain something characteristically Talbot. The chassis follows the lines of the larger present model known as the Lago Record and has a box-section frame of all-welded construction to which four large-diameter tubular cross-members give considerable torsional rigidity. The front cross-member is of cast steel, of great rigidity, and carries the wishbone links and shock absorbers of the independent front wheel suspension system. This incorporates coil springs controlled by both hydraulic and friction shock absorbers. Half-elliptic springs are used at the rear, with hydraulic shock absorbers only, and a stabilizing bar is fitted at both front and rear. The chassis has been designed to take either the four-cylinder 22-litre engine or the six-cylinder 41-litre engine. The transmission may be either the four-speed preselective Wilson gear box or a single-plate clutch and four-speed synchromesh box. An open propeller-shaft transmits the drive to the spiral bevel rear axle. Wire wheels carry 6.00-18in Dunlop tyres. In the new Talbot right-hand steering is retained and is by worm and nut. Lockheed hydraulic brakes have 14in diameter drums if the larger engine is chosen, or drums of 12in diameter in the four-cylinder model. Features of the new body style, apart from its striking lines, are its roominess, for both front and rear seats will accommodate three persons, the good visibility over the long, low bonnet, the top of which is in two panels hinged down the centre line, and the large tail locker in which the spare wheel is carried on a cleverly hinged bracket. For loading or unloading luggage the spare wheel on its bracket hinges backwards and lies at a considerable angle, so that the luggage can be lifted over it. The spare wheel is then hinged into the forward position so that the luggage locker lid can close down over it. The petrol filler is also enclosed beneath the locker lid in order to prevent theft of petrol, and the lid is released for opening by a control inside the body by the back seat. Although this new model is much more modern in appearance than its predecessors, the characteristic Talbot radiator shell has been retained in smaller form and it is flanked by head lamps flared into the hold- front wings. The wheelbase is loft 3in, the front track 4ft 8in, and rear track 4ft 10 ½ in, so that it is by no means a small car. However, the four-cylinder engine of 2,640 c.c. (93 x 99 mm), with hemispherical head and inclined overhead valves, develops 120 b.h.p. at 4,500 r.p.m with a compression ratio of 6.8 to 1. The six-cylinder engine with a bore and stroke of 93 x 110 mm (4,482 c.c.) has a compression ratio of 7.88 to 1 and develops 170 b.h.p. at 4,000 r.p.m. Although the four-door four-light saloon is to be the only standard model the chassis will be available for the fitting of specialized coachwork. The Grand Sport chassis will also still remain in production.

 

           
           

 

Victories:

         
2nd 24h Le Mans #9 T26 GS Meyrat/Mairesse
2nd Pescara GP     Rosier
3rd Pescara GP     Etancelin
1st Dutch GP     Rosier
2nd Dutch GP     Etancelin
1st Swedish Rally     Bengtson

Entries:

  24h Le Mans (23.06.1951) Results:
#     Entrant: gen. class perf.ind.
6 T26 GS (4483 cm³) Rosier / Fangio Rosier fail.   - -  
7 T26 GS (4483 cm³) Gonzalez / Marimon Louveau fail.   - -  
8 T26 GS (4483 cm³) Chaboud / Vincent Chaboud fail.   - -  
9 T26 GS (4483 cm³) Meyrat / Mairesse Meyrat 2nd 3.0-5.0 2nd 11th  
10 MD (4483 cm³) Levegh / Marchand Levegh 4th 3.0-5.0 3rd 14th  
11 GS (4483 cm³) Chambas / Morel Chambas 17th 3.0-5.0 7th 26th  
 


J. M. Fangio i jego Talbot T26GS #110057 w boksach toru w Le Mans.


GS Barchetta (#110105) at Le Mans.


2nd at 24h Le Mans: T26GS #110059 (Pierre Meyrat / Guy Mairesse).

Non-Championship F1 victories:

2nd Pau GP #18 T26C Louis Rosier
1st Bordeax GP     Louis Rosier
1st Dutch GP #16   Louis Rosier
2nd Dutch GP #8   Philippe Étançelin

Formula 1 Championship entries:

  Swiss GP 27.05.1951 (round 1)
#     Entrant: Result:
2 T26C-DA Johnny Claes Ecurie Belge 13th
4 T26C-DA Philippe Étancelin Philippe Étancelin 10th
6 T26C Yves Giraud-Cabantous Yves Giraud-Cabantous fail.
8 T26C-DA Louis Rosier Ecurie Rosier 9th
10 T26C Henri Louveau Ecurie Rosier acc.
40 T26C Guy Mairesse Yves Giraud-Cabantous 14th
42 T26C-GS José Froilán González José Froilán González fail.
 
  Belgian GP 17.06.1951 (round 3)
#     Entrant: Result:
14 T26C-DA Louis Rosier Ecurie Rosier 4th
16 T26C-DA Johnny Claes Ecurie Belge 7th
18 T26C Louis Chiron Ecurie Rosier fail.
20 T26C-DA Philippe Étancelin Philippe Étancelin fail.
22 T26C Yves Giraud-Cabantous Yves Giraud-Cabantous 5th
24 T26C André Pilette Ecurie Belgique 6th
26 T26C Pierre Levegh Pierre Levegh 8th
 
  French GP 01.07.1951 (round 4)
#     Entrant: Result:
28 T26C-DA Johnny Claes Ecurie Belge acc.
38 T26C-DA Philippe Étancelin Philippe Étancelin fail.
40 T26C-DA Louis Rosier Ecurie Rosier fail.
42 T26C- Louis Chiron Ecurie Rosier 6th
44 T26C-GS Eugène Chaboud Eugène Chaboud 8th
46 T26C-C Yves Giraud-Cabantous Yves Giraud-Cabantous 7th
48 T26C-C Guy Mairesse Yves Giraud-Cabantous 9th
 
  British GP 14.07.1951 (round 5)
#     Entrant: Result:
18 T26C Duncan Hamilton Duncan Hamilton 12th
22 T26C-DA Louis Rosier Ecurie Rosier 10th
23 T26C Louis Chiron Ecurie Rosier fail.
24 T26C-DA Philippe Étancelin Philippe Étancelin dns
25 T26C-DA Johnny Claes Ecurie Belge 13th
 
  German GP 29.07.1951 (round 6)
#     Entrant: Result:
84 T26C-DA Louis Rosier Ecurie Rosier 8th
85 T26C Louis Chiron Ecurie Rosier fail.
86 T26C-DA Philippe Étancelin Philippe Étancelin fail.
87 T26C Yves Giraud-Cabantous Yves Giraud-Cabantous acc.
88 T26C Duncan Hamilton Duncan Hamilton fail.
90 T26C Pierre Levegh Pierre Levegh 9th
93 T26C Jacques Swaters Ecurie Belgique 10th
94 T26C-DA Johnny Claes Ecurie Belge 11th
 
  Italian GP 16.09.1951 (round 7)
#     Entrant: Result:
18 T26C-DA Louis Rosier Ecurie Rosier 7th
20 T26C Louis Chiron Ecurie Rosier fail.
22 T26C Pierre Levegh Pierre Levegh fail.
24 T26C Yves Giraud-Cabantous Yves Giraud-Cabantous 8th
26 T26C-DA Johnny Claes Ecurie Belge fail.
28 T26C Jacques Swaters Ecurie Belgique fail.
 
  Spanish GP 28.10.1951 (round 8)
#     Entrant: Result:
28 T26C-DA Louis Rosier Ecurie Rosier 7th
30 T26C Louis Chiron Ecurie Rosier fail.
32 T26C Yves Giraud-Cabantous Yves Giraud-Cabantous acc.
34 T26C-DA Philippe Étancelin Philippe Étancelin 8th
36 T26C-DA Johnny Claes Ecurie Belge acc.
38 T26C-DA Georges Grignard Georges Grignard fail.
 


Louis Chiron in the Talbo-Lago T26C (Ecurie Rosier) finished 6th at French GP, Reims.