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TALBOT 105

 

This was a major project that I took on as a rolling Chassis. The car is known as The Allard Talbot , as it was first converted to a special in 1936 by Sidney Allard who later developed his own range of high performance V8 engined cars.

I have traced the history of this car and now have a fairly complete record of its life including some of its competition history.

The body from the 1950's is still with me but in very poor condition, but is an important part of its history , so must be retained.

Once the car was finished I quickly started to put some miles on the clock as this was the best way to get the various snags sorted out.

It soon became apparent that the engine was fine but the pre-selector box was playing up, this required the removal from the car and a new selector mechanism being  installed. After adjustment all was well.

The other main issue was the brakes , the setup on a Talbot is not easy and requires a considerable amount of patience. In the end every part of the linkage was removed and re assembled very carefully. Luckily I can use my local garage's brake tester to make the final adjustments. The result is a very effective system which gives great confidence.

The time came to try it on a circuit and I entered the VSCC Goodwood sprint. After driving the car in pouring rain to the circuit and getting fairly damp in the process I set off for the first practice.

To my surprise the car went very well and continued to do so in the actual event. No prizes but a good start.

The Riley 9 had now been sold and I still really wanted another Riley , hence the 12/4. Once this was under way I realized that my interest in the Talbot was declining . I do not have any reason why but it just did not have the same interest as the Riley.

As things turned out a passionate Talbot man had been after buying the car and finally on February 8th 2008 he took the car to its new home in Germany.

Without doubt the car will compete in the UK and will not lose its identity, so I am happy it has gone to an enthusiastic new owner.

Prescott 1954

Shelsley 1954

Car as bought in America

Mock up in UK before rebuild

Old body no date

Old engine bay no date

Old engine bay no date

Old interior no date

Recovered old body parts

Recovered old body parts

Recovered old body parts

Recovered old body parts

Recovered old body parts

New body being built

New body being built

New body being built

New body being built

New body being built

New body being built

New body being built

Completed body back home

Completed body back home

Completed body back home

Completed body back home

Completed body back home

Finished

Finished

Finished

Finished

Finished

Finished

Finished

Finished

Finished

Finished

Finished

Jersey 2005

Picture after meeting last owners son

picture in Healey OC Magazine

Finished

Finished

Finished

Finished

Finished

Finished

With the Riley

With the Riley

With the Riley

With the Riley

With the Riley

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