Lot 332 (A|B|C Live Auction Online, 27th May 2020)
Sold for £29,812
(including buyers premium)
Registration No: HY 8949
Chassis No: 33947
Motor Car Location: Wiltshire
Georges Roesch was responsible for some of the fastest and most desirable cars of the pre-War period and, from 1925, his designs ensured the survival of the British Talbot marque until its acquisition by Rootes in 1935. The 75, which followed on from the successful 14/45, maintained the momentum with good performance from the OHV six-cylinder 2.3-litre engine driving through a Wilson pre-selector gearbox earning the model a reputation for being fast, elegant and refined.
HY 8949 is a delightful example carrying Darracq's 'Noel Rees style' sports saloon coachwork which the factory adopted and offered on short chassis 75 and 105 models. The car benefits from a very large amount of recent expenditure including a comprehensive engine overhaul by Vintage Bentley specialist VBE (2017) together with a gearbox overhaul by Cecil Schumacher (2016). Other works include a rebuilt dynostart with 24v conversion, electrical rewire, re-lining of the brakes, skimming of the drums, cleaning of the fuel tank and pipes together with fitment of a thermostatic valve in the top water hose and filling with non-water based coolant. As one would expect following such works, the car is now said to be "extremely useable" whilst the coachwork boasts a wonderful patina with the dark green / black paintwork being set off beautifully by the brightwork and stylish black leather interior.
Purchased by the vendor for use in club rallies, it is only being offered for sale due to rationalisation of his collection and is accompanied by a detailed history file which includes a Swansea V5C document, invoices and details of the recent engine and gearbox overhaul, numerous other invoices dating back to the 1970s (Arthur Archer, I S Polson etc.), assorted expired MoTs, copy Production and Sales Record, photocopy handbook and other sundry items including a 2015 colour feature written for Vintage Roadcar magazine.