In the mid-1920s, Swiss-born Georges Roesch began transforming British-built Talbots with a splendid series of overhead-valve sixes, including the 1930-1935 Talbot 90/105.
By the '30s, mechanical reliability had turned into sporting prowess. The 2.3-liter Talbot 90 raced with honor at Le Mans, and the 3.0-liter Talbot 105 that followed it proved to be a great rally car and endurance racer.
Both were marked by sturdy rather than advanced engineering, with simple carburetion for their deep-breathing power units. Some think of these as "vintage" cars, with a Twenties character, which is confirmed by their hard ride and lack of independent front suspension.
After the French
parent company went belly-up in 1935, the British subsidiary was acquired by
Lord Rootes and its cars became much more pedestrian.
Pluses of the 1930-1935 Talbot 90/105:
- Engine's rugged simplicity
- Vintage British character
- Reliable, sporting, and masculine
Minuses of the 1930-1935 Talbot 90/105:
- Old-fashioned even for its day
- Hard to find, especially in the U.S.
- Parts supplies nonexistent
of the 1930-1933 Talbot 90:
of the 1931-1935 Talbot 105:
of the 1930-1935 Talbot 90/105:
Wheelbase, inches: 111.0/114.0 (90/105)
Length, inches: 182.0 (average)
Weight, pounds: 3,900-4,100
Price, new: NA
Engines for the 1930-1935 Talbot 90/105:
|Type||Size ||Horsepower ||Years |
2,276 cc (139 cid) ||90*||1930-1933|
|ohv I-6||2,969 cc (181 cid)||105*||1931-1935|
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