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French Curves: The Talbot-Lago T 26-GS


The book French Curves: Delahaye – Delage – Talbot-Lago, features over two dozen examples of the three important French marques in the collection of Peter W. Mullin; all are on exhibit at the renown Mullin Automotive Museum in Oxnard, California. This attractive Talbot-Lago T 26-GS is the second car to be featured here from French Curves, which covers the designs of French coachbuilders Figoni & Falaschi, Chapron and Saoutchik, and others along with the three marques.

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The Type 26-GS chassis is a touring version of the Grand Prix racing car and it was introduced in 1947 at the Paris Auto Salon. The Grand Sport features a dohc 4.5-liter engine that produced 190-hp., it was capable of a 125 mph top speed. In racing form it was successful at LeMans and other endurance contests of the period.

The exceptional coachwork on this car is the work of Jacques Saoutchik. This Grand Sport was originally finished in two shades of blue with gold-plated interior fittings, and is believed to be the one displayed at the 1948 Paris and 1949 Brussels Auto Salons.


More information about the book French Curves, the combined work of Richard Adatto, Claude Figoni, Shana Hinds and photographer Michael Furman can be learned at Coachbuilt Press. More about the Talbot-Lago and other cars in Peter W. Mullin’s collection can be found at the Mullin Automotive Museum.

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Packard Concept Cars at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance


Soon to be celebrating its twentieth anniversary, the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance can always be relied upon to attract some of the best automobiles in the world. Besides the customary stellar line up of cars and events, a truly unique group of vehicles was displayed on the field this year. A special class was created for the sole purpose of exhibiting the concept cars belonging to Westfield, New Jersey Packard collector Ralph Marano Sr. Marano has been collecting Packards since the late nineteen-seventies and now counts fifty-eight in his inventory.

His ten exceptionally rare show cars included the pre-war Packard 120 based Vignale, the 1952 Macauley Special Speedster also known as the Panther or the Phantom II, a 1952 Pan American, the 1953 Balboa and 1955 Request designed by Richard Teague, a 1953 Monte Carlo, one of the 1954 Panthers, the Dick Macadam-designed 1956 Predictor and two Henney-built one-offs. This was the first time his freshly restored Request and Monte Carlo were shown. You can find more of the fine cars seen at this year’s event on The Old Motor. Photos courtesy of Richard Michael Owen at Supercars.net and Alan Gosley of OverDriveImages.com. Learn more at AmeliaConcours.org.  

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  •                                  1954 Packard Panther-Daytona 

  • PC5      PC6      PC7
  •                                           1953 Packard Balboa 

  •   PC9      PC10      PC11
  •                                     1952 Packard Special Speedster

  • PC14      PC15      PC17
  •                                     1952 Packard Pan-American

  • PC18      PC19     PC20 
  •                 1953 Balboa - 1954  Panther-Daytona - 1955  Request  


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The 2014 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance Photos


We are back at the 2014 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance again, early on Sunday morning the day the event is held. This is when the majority of the three hundred plus cars are driven onto the golf course that hosts the event. Daylight savings time always starts on this morning, which makes for a short window of time to get all of the cars onto the field before the gate opens. Two lines form as cars entering wait to get to the backside of the field and file down a single lane service road.

This presents a great opportunity at the event for car enthusiasts and photographers to get the best view of the day of many of the cars; at the same time you can also listen to a symphony of automotive sounds from around the world not to be heard anywhere else. Try to attend the event next year and get there early to witness this part of it, you will enjoy it. All photos courtesy of Alan Gosley of OverDriveImages.com, where you can view many more images covering the entire weekend. Learn more at AmeliaConcours.org.

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