June 21, 2024

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Broad Arrow Adds Rare Talbot-Lago to Monterey Auction

The team at Broad Arrow is gearing up for the company’s annual Motorlux auction in August — and one major consignment has just been announced.

Leading the list of early consignments for this annual event is a 1938 Talbot-Lago T150 C Lago Speciale Teardrop Coupe by Figoni et Falaschi. 

The car, s/n 90034, was ordered new by gentleman racer and banker Antoine Schumann as a replacement for a Bugatti Type 50. The car is the only Figoni et Falaschi Teardrop built on the T150 C Lago Speciale chassis — and it features some special additions specced out by Schumann when he ordered the car via Luigi Chinetti. The car was also a class winner at the 1948 Belgian Grand Prix and the 24 Hours of Spa, and has been owned by a number of prominent French collectors over the years.  It was restored by RM Auto Restorations with nearly all its original body panels intact, and it retains its numbers-matching engine and mechanical components.

“We are thrilled to present such a beautiful and seminal accomplishment of automotive design at our flagship auction at the Monterey Jet Center this August,” said Caroline Cassini, Car Specialist and Brand Ambassador for Broad Arrow Auctions. “This Talbot-Lago is a standalone example of the pinnacle of pre-war Art Deco design and perhaps what makes this example so impressive is its early life as a highly competitive and successful race car as well as its continuous chain of ownership and provenance from new.”

The car was once part of the John O’Quinn Collection, and after his death, it sold to the current owner, who has kept it in a prominent west coast collection. Broad Arrow Auctions estimates the car to be worth from $6.5m to $8.5m.

This car joins other early consignments such as a 1998 RUF Turbo R Limited — one of seven built — thought to be worth from $1.5m to $2m, as well as a 1972 Lamborghini Miura P400 SV estimated at $2.8m to $3.5m.

Broad Arrow’s Motorlux auction is moving to Wednesday of Car Week this year, with 50 lots crossing the block at the Monterey Jet Center beginning at 6:30 p.m. on August 14. The event continues on August 15, with the sale starting at 3:00 p.m.

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Studio photography courtesy of Ted7/Alex Sims, outdoor photography courtesy of Robin Adams