If you fancy getting a rare, one-of-a-kind collector's item vehicle, then this news might be useful to you. However, it may entail a more demanding requirement: $4 million cold hard cash. An evolution of Talbot-Lago's T120, the unique 1937 Talbot-Lago T150-C SS Teardrop is up for auction later this month at RM Sotheby's Villa Arba sale in Italy. The legendary, French-built 'teardrop' coupe is one of only 2 with a fully enclosed front fenders. The other vehicle is in sole possession of a member of royalty- Princess Stella of Karputhala, which means the vehicle that will be up for grabs isn't an ordinary Joe in any way.
Tony Lago, who had assumed control of the former Darracq works located in Suresnes, outside Paris, went to London to license the Wilson preselector transmission and a suspension layout from Sunbeam-Talbot-Darracq. However, Lago unexpectedly sold his company in 1958 to Henri Pigozzi of Simca. In 1970, it became part of the Chrysler Europe along with the former Rootes Group which has previously absorbed the Sunbeam and Talbot trademark. This specific teardrop was released from the Talbot factory in November of 1937, bearing chassis number 90110.
It lived a fairly chill life, according to the history found in the RM Sotheby's official site. The rare vehicle was supposedly hidden during World War III, and it was then registered in Switzerland in the year 1946 under the care of H. Frey of Wengen, where it was given a proper makeover in the form of a brand new convertible body. Afterwards, it changed owners; in 1996 the teardrop designed vehicle was sold to a certain G.Frey of Zurich.
Around 1987, G.Frey of Zurich released this masterpiece and sold it to its current owner. It was restored to the classic ride by giving it its original hard top design in 2000. Bad news is that its original body was gone for good, so the owner commissioned Auto Classique Touraine of Tours, France to make an authentic, documented clone of the original one, including the front fender's spats. The good news is that the rest of the iconic T150-C SS are still stock parts. This translates to a special lightweight, short-wheelbase chassis that is equipped with an inline 6-cylinder engine that was considered a hearty option for the day.
This is not only considered an exemplary vehicle for nothing, as the premium teardrop design is not just legendary, but it is considered as a rare gem and a prime example of timeless automotive beauty. The teardrop bodywork was done by Figoni et Falschi. It is expected that a lot of car collectors and enthusiast with cash to spare will fight tooth and nail just to acquire this unadulterated masterpiece.