The 1953 Talbot-Lago T15-QL6, a testament to Talbot's strong competition with Delahaye, both on the road and the racetrack, was part of a lineage that reaped the rewards of motorsport success. Talbot's remarkable performance, culminating in their last victory at Le Mans in 1948, left an indelible mark on all Talbot-Lagos.
In the waning years, Anthony Lago, the director and engineer, embarked on an ambitious venture to export the innovative tube-chassis Lago America, featuring the BMW 507 Alloy V8 engine, to the United States. However, this endeavor faced setbacks, leading to the eventual sale of the Talbot-Lago brand to Simca in 1959.
Our 1953 Talbot Lago T15-QL6 embodied the design aesthetics of its era, characterized by pontoon lines. The pre-select transmission efficiently managed power from the prototype high-compression 2.7-liter inline 6-cylinder engine. Although engineered, possibly for a new race car that never materialized, this engine featured Hemi chambers, an in-block twin cam with pushrods, and a super-squared bore and stroke—innovations stemming from Talbot's rich motorsports program.