Talbot-Lago 1948 T26 Grand Sport Hardtop Saoutchik by Ilario in 1:43 scale
This specific Talbot-Lago (serial number: 110110) is the most massively scalloped and ornamented post-war body ever to emerge from the legendary coachbuilder Saoutchik. The swooping and sweeping lines are almost voluptuous.
The cascading design was topped off with a pastel blue paint scheme, incorporating a broad cream-colored accent running down the side of the front fender and along the sill to the beginning of the rear fender, which repeats the theme. Combined with the massive chrome scallops, the tri-tone effect is enthralling
It was shown at the Geneva Motor Show in late 1949 and was acquired later that year by New York furrier Louis Ritter. He had traveled to Paris to attend the 1949 Salon, as well as to monitor the construction of a Saoutchik-bodied Cadillac he had commissioned. It was there that he saw chassis number 110110, immediately fell in love, and bought the car.
Ritter played with his new toys in Beverly Hills for a month or so before giving it back to the dealer to sell, clearing his garage for Saoutchik’s next efforts.
The new owner Louis Wasmer, a radio tycoon and car fancier from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, did not want a convertible, probably because of the harsh winters in the northern plains. Ilario states Wasmer handled the conversion to the hardtop himself.
The precision cast Ilario model is a limited edition of 100 pieces.
To get a thorough report on this famous chassis, including its surprising fate after leaving its initial owners, click on CLASSIC DRIVER.
Classic Era (1925-48)
- SKU: Chro64
- Talbot Lago