To Be OFFERED AT AUCTION at RM Sothebys Essen event, 11 - 12 April 2019. Estimate: 150.000 - 200.000 Offered from a Private Swiss CollectionRare and desirable T26 cabriolet d UsineCoil-sprung Talbot-Lago chassis with superb handling and road mannersOriginal factory-built convertible coachwork has been faithfully restoredComprehensive restoration that presents beautifullyIn October 1946, Talbot-Lago had a small stand behind Peugeot at the Paris Salon. The brand-new T26 Record model was shown, available in four body styles, including a lovely convertible. Fully independent front suspension with coils ensured superior handling, while the trademark pre-selector Wilson-type gearbox was a joy to use in comparison to the cantankerous slow-shifting boxes other cars were fitted with at the time. But the real jewel was the magnificent and powerful 4.5-litre six-cylinder twin-cam hemi engine that Anthony Lago had developed during the War with Carlo Marchetti, his chief engineer.The early history of chassis no. 101016 is not known. A plaque in the engine compartment documents that the car at one time belonged to a Georges Brun, 10 Avenue de la Republique in Lyon, who may have been the first owner. It was purchased by Erich Traber in California in 1991 and brought to Switzerland. It was restored at some point when in Switzerland, and the restoration still presents superbly. It is likely that the engine was retrofitted at that time with three Zenith carburettors as on the T26 Grand Sport, giving a useful 20-bhp power increase, as well as the extended chromed hinges on the trunk lid.By 2007 it was with Paul Meyer in Meggen, Switzerland, who spent upwards of CHF 55,000 on mechanical and other work. By 2011, the car belonged to Werner Holm of Hamburg, and in 2013, Stefan Heidenreich offered the car for sale and it returned to Switzerland when it was purchased by its current Swiss collectorAny Talbot-Lago is a driver s car. With its powerful and responsive engine, beautifully weighted steering, independent front suspension and fascinating gearbox, the T26 Record is a captivating and sporty experience behind the wheel. The proportions are lovely from any angle and capture a pre-war charm seldomly found in a post-war car. It is chic and ritzy, but at the same time a serious automobile for the driver who appreciates handling and power. Chassis no. 101016 is a real French grand routi re, a rarely seen opportunity to acquire great looks, sporty performance, genuine rarity and hand-built exclusivity in one elegant package.