London,The Jack Barclay Showroom
29 March 2004
1933 TALBOT 90 VANDEN PLAS TOURER
Reg No. APF 437
Chassis No. 33642
Engine No. AW241
Brown and beige with Beige leather interior.
Engine: Six cylinder in-line 2,276cc, Pushrod-operated vertical OHV; Gearbox: four-speed pre-selector, Wilson type; Suspension: semi-elliptic front with semi cantilever rear and Hartford friction shock absorbers; Brakes; four-wheel drum, cable operated.
Right hand drive.
The Georges Roesch designed Talbot combined efficiency and high quality with comfort, roominess and smoothness. Considering all this, the price was not high. The engine was an unusual combination of silence and flexibility. The '90' was a highly tuned sports car with 80mph performance. It was sold in closed as well as open form, but the most handsome body was the standard sports tourer
It was Talbot's leading agent Fox and Nicholl of London and Tolworth who suggested entering a team of cars for the 1930 Brooklands Double Twelve (hours) race that George Roesch saw as the next challenge and a further increase in power was soon established, the '90' was launched that year and in competition form was giving over 95 bhp.
The racing successes of the Fox and Nicholl '90s in 1930 became legendary with total domination of their class at Le Mans, Irish Grand Prix, Tourist Trophy and Brooklands 500, with third and fourth overall behind the winning speed six Bentleys at Le Mans. These 2.3 litre cars were competing in the 3 litre class.
The well-maintained example we have on offer here was first registered on 5th May 1933 in Derby. Having had only four recorded keepers from new, the most recent of which purchased the car in the early nineteen seventies in poor original condition but still driveable. Necessary work was completed to bring the car up to MoT standard before being used as sole transport in all weathers for four years. In 1988 this Talbot benefitted from a complete restoration by Arthur Archer of Great Dunmow. Following restoration this great Talbot went on to compete in several concours and rallies, most notably the Talbot club Calaisien ralleyes in 1994, 1995 and 1996, the VSCC Diamond Jubilee in 1994 and Montlhery in 1998. A rare opportunity to purchase one of only 49 examples of the AW 90 model built of which only 12 were bodied as Vanden Plas 'Alpine' tourers. Offered with a comprehensive file of history including restoration receipts and past MoTs.
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