Wed, 22nd Jun 2022 13:00

Imperial War Museum, Duxford

Lot 134

1933 Talbot 65/75 Tourer

Sold for £50,625

(including buyers premium)

Lot details

Registration No: AGC 99
Chassis No: 32588
MOT: Exempt

  • Extensively restored and upgraded by marque specialists Arthur Archer, Ian Polson and Bill Barrott
  • Improved Talbot BD75 engine
  • AV pre-selector transmission
  • AM75 rear axle

Beginning life as an AX65 Saloon, this handsome Roesch Talbot Special was bereft of bodywork by the time it entered the previous ownership during 1980. Re-registered with the DVLA as 'AGC 99' some three years later, its present fabric-covered Tourer coachwork was modelled on an illustration in Anthony Blight's acclaimed reference work 'The Invincible Talbot' (plate 48). Improved and developed by a Who's Who of marque specialists during the 1980s/1990s, the four-seater had its front axle entrusted to Arthur Archer for refurbishment during 1982. At the end of that decade, Bill Barrott attended to its wiring, brakes, steering, suspension and weather gear, while Ian Polson rejuvenated its four-speed pre-selector transmission (AV215) which is understood to house 105 ratios.

Keen to improve the car's performance, the previous owner gave Ian Polson two BD75 engines from which to build up a single overhauled unit. As well as re-white metalled bearings, the 2.3 straight-six benefited from a reground crankshaft, reground camshaft, new valves and replacement exhaust system not to mention the fettling of its water pump, oil pump, radiator, Zenith carburettor, dynamo, starter motor, rev counter gear and manifolds. Being based on late BD75 components, the resultant powerplant was arguably closer to 90 than 75 specification. Using parts sourced from the Sunbeam Talbot Darracq Register, Arthur Archer assembled a strengthened AM75 rear axle complete with new 4.31 crown wheel and pinion.

Sporting a 90 lamp bar, Black leather upholstery, Double Duck hood / tonneau, 105 Fox & Nicholl Team Car-style wings / brackets, Lucas P100 headlamps and fresh MOT, 'AGC 99' was already in very good condition when it passed into the hands of the current vendor. Having been in the restoration business for several decades, the current owner decided to bring the car up to the highest standard. Under his ownership the engine has been overhauled, rebored and new pistons were fitted. While the engine was out, the opportunity was taken to prepare and refinish the chassis in a deep Gloss Black. Once reassembled and refinished, the engine was refitted to the chassis after which the rebuilt carburettor and distributor were fitted. The body panels were prepared and primed with an epoxy primer before being refinished in Aston Martin British Racing Green, while the wings were refinished in a deep Black. After reassembly, the badges and adornments were carefully refurbished before being refitted. The vendor describes the car as being in near concours condition in every respect.

For more information, please contact:
Julian Pinkster
07889 223 904


All successful bids must be paid in full by midday the day after the auction at the latest.

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Auction: Imperial War Museum, Duxford, Wed, 22nd Jun 2022


Tuesday 21st June 2022 from 12pm to 6pm
Wednesday 22nd June 2022 from 9am

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