1914 Talbot 4CB Sporting Model Project For Sale

Registration no. IC 232
Chassis no. 4CB 8222

* Sporting Edwardian car of the highest quality
* Much work already done
* Work carried out by marque specialist
* Ideal Edwardian race or rally car

Offered here is an original Talbot 4CB re-bodied to be an exact replica of the very successful sprint and Hill Climb cars used by the Talbot Works Team between 1912 and 1914 and subsequently by Captain Sir Malcolm Campbell at Brooklands and elsewhere very successfully between 1919 and 1922. This body style was offered in the 1914 Talbot brochure as the Sporting Model.

Little is known of the early history of this car but it is believed to have been sold new in Ireland in 1914, since the registration number has an IC prefix which is correct for Ireland. According to the accompanying original buff logbook it was fitted with Open Touring coachwork and finished in light grey.

Although dating the car as 1914 the buff logbook lists the date of first registration as 1921, so perhaps the owner brought the car back to mainland UK when the Free State was formed. The owners as listed in the logbook are Mr Arthur Brocklehurst, 1925, George Young, 1926 and then E. J. Roses Ltd, 1929. There is a hand written note on the book saying the car was scrapped in 1929, but clearly the car survived this.

The current owner purchased the car as an incomplete project from arch Edwardian Talbot enthusiast and former VSCC President Barrie Clarke in the mid-1990s, Clarke had purchased the car in Ireland, so possibly it returned there instead of being scrapped.

At this point the car was complete save for the engine and coachwork and in need of restoration. With this in mind a Talbot 4CBX 12hp engine was acquired in Australia, identical to the original 15hp engine fitted to this car, save for having a short stroke crankshaft. The Sporting Model coachwork was professionally constructed in Ash and skinned in aluminium- as original.

In addition to this the following work has been done, almost all by marque specialists I. S. Polson:-
Chassis frame repaired as necessary, blasted and painted.
Springs overhauled.
All new shackle pins and pivot pins.
New tubes, ball pins and sockets for the three radius arm rear suspension.
Front and rear axles overhauled.
Brakes and brake linkages overhauled. This model had dual shoes in the rear drums and fully compensated linkages which means that they are a considerable improvement over previous Talbot designs and those of many of their contemporaries.
New Rudge Whitworth 90 long hubs complete with locking rings.
New wheels and tyres.
Gearbox overhauled and gear lever and gate moved inboard as on works cars.
Overhauled Bosch dual magneto and coil.
The engine includes a new high lift camshaft designed to provide the same increased lift used on the works cars, a new inlet manifold and new bronze water headers.
Overhauled steering box and column, with new original type larger diameter wheel.
Re-cored radiator and new Fuel Tank.

Edwardian Talbots were high quality cars with an excellent reputation for reliability and performance. This project, when completed, will make a sporting Edwardian car comparable with a Prince Henry Vauxhall or an Alfonso Hispano Suiza, ideally suited to historic race and rally events.

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