1948 Talbot Lago T26 Record Cabriolet Saoutchik (serial number: 100272)
There were three *bombshell* Saoutchik barnfinds in the collection of the late Jacques Baillon. Talbot-Lago T26 Record chassis 100272 was one of them.
Only 208 T26 Records were manufactured in 1948. Every one was assigned one of a number of factory body styles made in-house by Talbot. Except a few. Serial number 100272 is one of the rare instances where a Record chassis was sent to a prominent carrossier to receive a one-off body. And not just any Carrossier, but Saoutchik.
The price of the Record chassis alone was an astronomical $340,000 (USD) in 1948. By the time Saoutchik added its charges, sn 100272 would have cost $1.3 million USD. What is that in today’s dollars? The US Government website price index calculator broke calculating it. No, I am not kidding.
So who had that kind of wallet power in 1948? His Excellency Salah Bey Orabi of Cairo – married to Princess Nevine Abbas Halim, a member of the Egyptian Royal Family, and a direct descendant of Mohamed Ali founder of modern Egypt in early 19th century. This couple lived a charmed life of privilege in the international jet set, but everything tumbled when things went south in the Egyptian Revolution in 1952 and the king had to abdicate.
It gets complicated from there but upon fearing the political upheaval, the princess shipped the car back to Saoutchik who then may or may not have sold to Baillon. There were lawsuits and Baillon just hid the car in his “barn.” Hence the barnfind!
Here is an impeccable miniature of the Saoutchik masterpiece: the pointed hood and grille shaped shark nose, front wing rounded with integrated headlights and anti-fog lights, rear wings graceful fully bodied, and finally the long, sloped rear portion. The Ilario model dominates a room it is displayed in!
Classic Era (1925-48)
- SKU: Chro58
- Talbot Lago