Lot 1950


1926 Darracq TL 20/98 Fabric Saloon by Weyman - one of three known
Reg. no. YO 7480
Chassis no. 52016
Engine no. TL65164
The TL 20/98 is French Talbot’s version of the 20.9 Sunbeam, although few components are interchangeable. YO 7480 is believed to have been bought off the Darracq stand at the 1926 Motor Show by a Mr Ward who ran it until 1933. It was then laid up until 1961 when it was sold following Mr Wards death. When found it had a minor historical mystery as it was sporting a London type Talbot radiator which was subsequently changed by a previous owner in 2000. There are three surviving TLs, which are all in the UK. This example here is the oldest. One derivation from originality is the provision of two bucket seats instead of a bench seat. The car has been laid up in recent years due to illness but is reputed to have had major engine work about three years ago. The car would benefit from further recommissioning but it has been running recently. The 6-cylinder engine runs smoothly and ignition is by a Scintilla magneto; the water pump has a leak. The bodywork needs some work to repair minor damage to the fabric and to cure a leak around the rear window.

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