1934 Talbot AX 65 Six Light Saloon by Darracq

Make: Talbot
Model: AX 65 Six Light Saloon by Darracq
Year: 1934
Registration Number: JN 4086
Chassis Number: 36580
Engine Number: 14.87
Steering: Right Hand Drive
MOT Test Expiry: Exempt
Mileage: 74400
Sold For: £19250

Lot No: 295

Founded in 1903, Talbot came into being as a result of a venture between English peer Charles Chetwynd-Talbot and French entrepreneur Adolphe Clément-Bayard. It was not until 1906 that the first British designed and manufactured 20hp Talbot appeared, and the following eight years saw a vast increase in the range of models offered. The Talbot marque became synonymous with reliability and excellent performance and build quality; both the arrival of Georges Roesch in 1916 and the take-over of Talbot and Sunbeam by Darracq in 1919 produced further successful models, including the famous 14-45, so that by the 1930s, Talbot had firmly established itself as one of Britain’s finest automotive manufacturers.

Records confirm that JN 4086 was registered in Southend-on-Sea. The rolling chassis was dispatched to the coachbuilder Darracq on the 22nd of March 1934 for the construction of the special six light saloon coachwork with the attractive sloping tail which incorporated a useful boot space. When completed, the Talbot was delivered to Pass and Joyce Ltd, and thence to Pollards of Leigh-on-Sea. A record of previous owners is supplied with the motor car, which indicates that there have been just six previous custodians; the first owned the motor car from 1934 until 1967 and the second until 1990, who was possibly from the same family.

The mileage of 74400 is believed to be correct and it certainly appears that the Talbot has been maintained to a high standard throughout its life. It is understood that the engine was stripped and checked in 2005, when new pistons were fitted. The gearbox has recently been overhauled and the radiator was rebuilt in 2011. Mechanically, the AX65 is described as very good in most departments; the coachwork, following a sympathetic restoration in the 1990s, remains in good, presentable condition, and the impressive interior is largely original, although unsurprisingly, the front seats have been repaired at some point. The original picnic tables are present, as is the sunroof which is in working order, and the exterior sun visor is an attractive feature. Upgrades to JN 4086 include a Kenlowe fan and flashing indicators for modern motoring. An altometer has been fitted to add interest, should the new custodian wish to tour the Alps in this magnificent motor car.

The extensive history supplied includes the original handbook, a copy of the original sales invoice, correspondence, data, photographs, numerous specialist invoices, MOT test certificates, the aforementioned record of owners dating back to 1934, two RF60 registration books and the V5C registration certificate. A Vintage Sports Car Club Eligibility Document is also included; this confirms that all main components of JN 4086 are original. The road tax classification for this motor car is 'historic'.

This fine AX65 is a credit to its Sunbeam Talbot Darracq Register member.