The Talbot AX65, is a luxury saloon car built by Talbot and Darracq Motor Engineering in London from 1932 - 1935. Engineered by the brilliant Georges Roesch this car was built to be as good as a Rolls-Royce but at a cheaper price bracket. Equipped with leaf sprung suspension, four wheel drum brakes and powered by a highly efficient straight six engine this car was well liked by the motoring press.
Registered in 1935 this 86 year old car has only had 7 keepers in its lifetime with ownership traced from the 60’s to present day. It underwent mechanical refurbishment in 2017 but unfortunately due to bereavement it became available for sale shortly after its completion. The current owner acquired the vehicle in 2018 where it has been cherished and only used on occasion.
The main documentation is on the works carried out during the 2017 by Talbot specialist, I S Polson. Alongside photos pre body refurb, which work is undocumented. Invoices and hand written job cards from I S Polson are pictured, plus wiring diagram and further handwritten notes. An original instructions book is also included.
This charming vehicle comes in a non factory paint colour, which is best described as a mix between a non metallic blue and a light lavender, in the shade it seems more blue than lavender, in the sun the reverse. Whichever light it is gazed upon though, the car looks fantastic. Some online research tells us that the custom paintwork may have been redone in the 90’s, but there’s nothing present to back this up. Overall the paintwork is in good order with only a few minor blemishes noticed. The chromework is a similar story, with badges and bumpers all in fair condition. The chrome wire wheels are all fitted with fresh rubber and look in to be free from any wear, marks or damage. A really fine looking classic.
Inside you are greeted pleasantly by brown leather seats and original wood trim. The seats are in fabulous condition with very little sign of use, original gauges and wood dash are present and all working. Sat in the back you can clearly feel why this luxury saloon wasn't far behind the more expensive competition. Areas to note are that there are some wear marks on the door cards but can be forgiven considering the car has been motoring on for almost nine decades.
Upon arrival the car was being cleaned ready to be maneuvered to a more favourable location and upon request it started and drove without hesitation or issue. In fact, during the shoot the vehicle was maneuvered multiple times and not once did we find it a challenge. The straight six ideled comfortably, moved and stopped without drama.
This 1930’s luxury saloon is great inside and out, it's nearly approaching it’s 87th birthday but it certainly doesn't look like it. It’s a charming vehicle to look at as well as be in. Comfortable and roomy rear seats would make it a great car for passengers. You can’t help but imagine a bride and groom stepping out of its rear suicide doors!
Special occasion or not, this is a wonderful car ready to be enjoyed.
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