Before the second world war, 6 original Talbot Lago T150C’s have been built. Pierre Abeillon has documented the history of all cars in great detail in his standard work ‘Talbot Lago de Course’. Chassis 82933 was raced extensively before the war in many esteemed races. The Talbot Lago race department changed the car to their new T26SS racing car and in the process changed the chassis number to 90203. After the war, the then owner Charles Pozzi changed the prewar body with a new body made by the Chappe Brothers to make the car lighter and more competitive. The result was indeed a competitive car for the 1947 season. Pozzi lend the car to his friend Eugene Chaboud who used it to great success and became the French Grand Prix champion of 1947.
Reactions on the body were ‘mixed’. In the recent book Back on Track, Racing in the 1940s by Alessandro Silva, the body has been called ‘inexpressibly ugly’. So, surely, a unique body.
Later owner count Donhoff, as also explained in Abeillon’s book replaced the Chappe Brothers body by a replica of the prewar body. This car is now in the Mullin museum in the United States. The original Chappe Brothers body together with an original engine, and some original suspension and brake parts went to Tony Bianchi who wanted to create a car out of it. Himself being a true Talbot Lago specialist, he collected all the right Talbot Lago parts, including a correct chassis. However, at some point he needed the funds to finish his Talbot Lago T26C Grand Prix racer (chassis 110008). This kit of bits ended in Belgium where it was restored to perfection. That is this car: an original racing body with true competition history, on a correct Talbot Lago period chassis with all the correct Talbot Lago parts. And rather unique for a Grand Prix race car: road registered.
The previous owner ran the Mille Miglia with the car in 2013 without any issues. The present owner acquired the car a few years ago and uses the car sparingly. In 2019, the Hertzberger Trophy was run in The Netherlands. Perhaps even more interesting, the car participated in the 2019 Goodwood Members Meeting: the Parnell Cup for Grand Prix cars. There it ran without wings, like it was run in the 1947 season by Eugene Chaboud. There also the car ran flawlessly. The car is ready to go on its next adventure on the track or on the road. Le Mans, Millia Miglia, Goodwood, or a local event. Few cars can claim to be a truly road-legal Grand Prix car..
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