Lot 348 - 1932 Talbot AU14/45 Four-dr Weyman Panelled Saloon by Darracq
|Odometer reading||67,768 miles|
|Estimate||£16,000 - £20,000|
When launched at the 1926 London Motor Show, the Talbot 14/45 designed by Georges Roesch caused something of a sensation. It revitalised the declining fortunes of the company which had had only small sales of its earlier 8/18 and 10/23 models, despite their excellence and advanced contemporary design. The small six-cylinder in-line engine of the Talbot 14/45 was just 1,666cc but it was achieved using advanced engineering and was fitted into a relatively large chassis. It still provided adequate performance even in the face of the large coachwork often fitted to the chassis. The Talbot was now also well priced and as a large car was fitted with large mechanical 14" diameter brakes to all four wheels. The overhead valve engine had an automatic ignition with advance & retard which was not yet common on British cars of the late Vintage period.
From details gleaned from the buff logbook, it would appear that the first owner was a Mr. J. E. Carpenter of Totteridge, London who then sold it on to Mr. Rungeford. He continued to use it for 35 years until 1997 when the car went to a Mr. Richards in Sittingbourne, Kent until 2008. Nigel Eastwood then had it for a year before it was acquired by the current owner. The car itself has benefitted from a good quality but sympathetic restoration in 1997; the interior however, has been largely left in its original state, the condition of which is sound and still maintains its patina, not to mention that distinctive smell that comes with good quality leather and age. It has had little use recently but started 'on the button' and ran well. It should be noted however that new kingpin thrust washers are required; these are inexpensive items in themselves however their fitting requires some effort. Aside from this, it presents extremely well, has proved reliable in the past and has been well looked after.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.