Talbot-Lago Grand Sport:
The Car from Paris.
Peter M. Larsen with Ben Erickson

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By Peter M. Larsen with Ben Erickson.
The Talbot-Lago Grand Sport was an automobile destined for the grand cru sportsman and chic Parisian society in equal measure. It was a grand gesture, and the final flowering in France of the great tradition of the truly custom motorcar. The chassis was built to carry coachwork that was the last expression anywhere in the world of grand style and luxury. The Grand Sport was outrageously exclusive and something for the very few. Not just because of its price, which was stratospheric, or its limited practicality, which was irrelevant: this was a car that was chic, ritzy, aristocratic and sharp as a knife all at once.

Volume I tells the story of how the Grand Sport was born in the bleak post-war years. It is the story of how Talbot-Lago came into being, and the incredible tale of Anthony Lago’s life with his rise from refugee to penniless car dealer in London and finally luxury car maker in France. The post-war history of the marque is dealt with in great detail, additionally there is an in-depth discussion of the chassis and its components. A large section is devoted to a history of every single carrossier who bodied a Grand Sport chassis.

Volume II contains a detailed chassis by chassis history of every single Grand Sport laid down by the factory.

  • Winner of the 2013 Nicholas-Joseph Cugnot Award
  • Hardcover
  • Two volumes
  • 219mm x 304mm
  • 648 pages

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Author Biography

Peter M. Larsen
Born in 1954, Peter Larsen has been a chronic gearhead all his life. Those who were there have said that the first word he learned to utter was "Opel". Peter Larsen is a Fulbright scholar and holds a Ph.D. in English literature and semiotics from the University of Copenhagen and Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. Read more about Peter M. Larsen

Ben Erickson
Born in 1975, Ben Erickson grew up in Minnesota, where he was doodling cars long before he could read and write. A special interest are American cars from the challenging years in the 1970s and 1980s when, as Ben says, 'they did the best with what they had'. ISO, all things Maserati, especially the Biturbos and other cars by Alejandro DeTomaso hold a special place in his heart, as do Volvos and SAABs. Read more about Ben Erickson

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5 of 5 July 7, 2018
Reviewer: Paulo Tavares from Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal  

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5 of 5 Well written, complete and fascinating December 14, 2016
Reviewer: Jacques Helot from Ingolstadt, Bavaria Germany  
The 2 volumes offer a very interesting history of Talbot-Lago, all the Grand Sport models and all the (mostly french) coachbuilders that created their interpretation of the Grand Sport. These stories are nicely put into perspective with relevant parts of the french post-war history. It is a miracle that Talbot-Lago survived so long in these adverse conditions. It is fascinating to see the very different interpretations of the different coachbuilders, ranging from the flamboyant Saoutchik, the functional Dubos, the graceful and elegant bodies of Chapron and Graber  and what must be one of the weirdest car bodies ever: the Pennock interpretation. This is one of my favourite car books not only because of the content, the pictures but also the writing style

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5 of 5 Talbot-Lago Grand Sport, The car from Paris March 23, 2015
Reviewer: Per Webb from Mölnbo, . Sweden  
Thank you for a producing wonderful book, I love every page of it!
I have went to Paris a couple of times just to see coach built french cars at Retromobile, and I'm a big fan of Talbot-Lago Grand Sport.
I will write a review of the book, soon to be published in Gasoline Magazine www.gasolinemagazine.se

Best regards
Per Webb

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