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.
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The “Talbot-Lago Grand Sport” arrived in a very heavy box, and like a Russian matryoshka doll, this was opened to find a luxurious 14.5 x 9.5 x 3.5 inch carrying case with handle, profusely illustrated with the cover material printed in full color. That in turn opened to reveal an even more luxurious 13 x 9 x 3 inch slipcover, which in turn harbored a slick, high quality two-volume set of the “Talbot-Lago Grand Sport”. Standard volumes are $350, with a limited number (600) of copies. Leather bound editions are $650 and only 100 copies. Click to read full review
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.
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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.
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