Throughout the automotive industry, there has been a boom in auctions and auction outlets. With this surge in auctions comes a new wave of grail cars that excite collectors throughout the space. With that said, every once in a while, even in this new age of automotive commerce, there comes an automotive icon from the annals of history that’s so groundbreaking, so revolutionary, and so transformative, that the ever-moving worlds of gearheads and car collectors stop in their tracks to take notice. Today is one of those instances with the immortally beautiful 1937 Talbot-Lago T150-C-SS Teardrop Coupe.
For those unfamiliar with Talbot-Lago, it stands as one of the all-time great French automakers, with the T150-C-SS Teardrop Coupe shining as its crown jewel. One of the interesting facts about the T150-C-SS is that it was built just as a chassis back in its heyday, meaning they would receive custom bodies from prominent coachbuilders. In this case, the T150-C-SS Teardrop Coupe for sale was penned by design legend Joseph Figoni and is widely recognized as the most stunning example of the 10 to 12 Teardrops he built.
This living superlative and stylistic icon is believed to be one of four Talbot-Lago Teardrops built for legendary French racer, Freddy McEvoy, and it is also the only surviving example that still maintains its original coachwork. It’s powered by a 4L 140-hp engine with three carburetors and a light-alloy Hemi cylinder head. Given its sporty nature, the T150-C-SS chassis is nearly identical to the company’s competition cars, which sport Rudge knock-off wire wheels, a single-shot lubrication system, and a behemoth 120L fuel tank.
From a design perspective, this icon epitomizes 1930s automotive style. It sports an all-aluminum construction and fully enveloping, skirted front fenders, a sunroof, painted wire wheels, and a resplendent blue and gray finish. It’s no surprise a car this magnificent has a pedigree worthy of its brilliance, winning a slew of prestigious accolades from iconic auto shows throughout its 85-year life. Collectors can bid on this piece of automotive history at the Amelia Island auction via Gooding & Company’s website, where it’s expected to sell for over $10,000,000.