If you're not familiar with the Talbot-Lago brand, well... you're not alone. Born out of the collapsed Sunbeam-Talbot-Darracq by an engineer named Antonio Lago, who turned the automaker into a strong competitor in racing. The machine you see above, hailing from 1947, is based on the short-wheelbase chassis used for racing with bodywork designed by Franay.

Suffice it to say, this is a very rare machine, powered by a high-performance 4.5-liter six-cylinder engine with three carburetors mated to a four-speed manual gearbox. Apparently the car was found languishing in Tennessee in 1988, and a thorough restoration was completed in 2004. After all was said and done at Barrett-Jackson, the car's new owner found himself $2,035,000 lighter in the wallet.

See it in all its glory in our high-res image gallery above, and read through the auction description below.
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Barrett-Jackson Lot: 5019 - 1947 TALBOT-LAGO T-26 GRAND SPORT

This Talbot Lago T26 Grand Sport has a 2-seat coupe coachwork by Franay on a short chassis. It is believed that only three Grand Sports had Franay coachwork. There were approximately 30 Grand Sports built but only eight with the short chassis, the same as used on the Grand Prix cars. The engine in this car is a 4.5 Liter with three carburetors. The car was originally sold in Geneva, Switzerland, likely the only place that could afford such a car as World War II had just concluded. Chassis 110113 was found in Tennessee in 1988 and was in very original condition. A complete restoration was performed in 2004. Finished in its original black paint, red leather interior with black piping and is completely original with all its original body panels, engine and chassis.


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      alistair.dillingham
      • 1 Year Ago
      Although the black paint looked great on TV, as well as the chrome and the interior, there is a fundamental mismatch here, the squarish grille does not at all connect with the curvy, sweeping body.
      Dwight Bynum Jr.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks like an Austin-Healey 3000... in a tuxedo.