Saturday, March 7, 2015

OLS Saturday AM Car Show: The 1938 Talbot-Lago Teardrop

This weekend I return to my beloved Art Deco influences and present a 1938 car from a French-Italian manufacturer, Talbot-Lago. The original maker, Talbot, went through reogranization and purchase by a Venetian, Antonio Lago, in 1935.  Think French and Italians know anything about style and automobile production? The answer needs only three words: art deco, Bugatti.  Enough on the background of this week's offering, let's get to the car, a quintessential example of art deco:


It's formal name is the Talbot-Lago T150 SS, but it's known as the "Teardrop" for obvious reasons.  Here's a different version of the 1938 teardrop, the T123. If the version above is a "teardrop", then the T123 is a veritable emotional meltdown.


I mean this is so beautiful it's silly:


Lastly, a front-on view of the T150: