Barn finds have always been prized by the average car collector, as they are typically affordable to buy and hopefully easy to restore. Recently even the Concours crowd has taken notice. There was even a preservation class at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance this year and "barn finds" was the featured class at many other events. Reader Kyle K shared this amazing find which would fit in nicely with any crowd that appreciates the finest French built automobiles. This 1949 Talbot Lago T26 Sedanca was believed to have been lost forever, but was recently discovered in a Californian barn. It's know being offered for sale by Ross Classics.
Adding to the rarity and beauty of this car is its hand built Saoutchik body, as a matter of fact this is the only Saoutchik bodied T26 Sedanca ever built. This car debuted at the 1949 Paris Auto Salon in its original white paint with the top removed and it drew lots of attention with its unique Sedanca design. Finding this one-off car parked in a barn had to be an exhilarating rush and we wish we could have been there to help uncover it.
The Talbot Lagos of the '40s were extremely well built, mostly because of the extensive part sharing the company did between their street cars and their Grand Prix race cars. The T26 used the 4.5 liter straight six with dual overhead cams and triple carbs. This setup produced 170 horsepower which was enough to launch this luxury car to a claimed 103 mph. This might not seem very impressive by today's standards, but for a luxury car in the '40s it was outstanding.
This car is a one of a kind machine and a one of a kind find, but sadly this rare masterpiece is well out of the price range of most. The seller is asking an eye watering $225,000 for this Saoutchik bodied beauty. Thankfully it is complete and restorable, but that is a lot to pay for project car. It is not going to be cheap to restore either, as it is a one off car with rust. Then again, if you have the change, this could be your ticket into Pebble Beach. Then you will have to decide if you want to restore it or just enter it as is. The later would be a lot less work and we have a feeling it it draw a little more attention...