Saturday, November 20, 2010

One-off 1932 Talbot 14/65 Boat Tail Tourer to be Auctioned in December

Unique cars are a joy to own and highly valued by collectors. When you're not lucky enough to simply win one (see here), there's always a chance that some owner might decide to sell. That's the case with this 1932 Talbot 14/65 Boat Tail Tourer, which will go under the hummer by Historics at the Brooklands auction on December 4.

This here example began its life as a saloon car, but after some thirty years a boat builder was commissioned to fit it with a custom wooden body. Entirely hand-built, the Boat Tail Tourer's new exterior was crafted from 3"x1/4" planks of noble Honduran mahogany, while the interior was clad in black leather with art deco styling cues. Like many cars of the era, the Talbot gets a bench seat covered by a removable wooden hatch.

Under all that wood, the car features a steel chassis and is motivated by a six-cylinder 1.7-liter engine. Considering how rare it is, the car is pitched at an affordable £20-30,000 starting price, but that doesn't mean it won't end up selling for six figures.

By Csaba Daradics


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