Talbot To Go: Spark 1937 T150SS Teardrop Coupe

Sep 06, 2012 1 Comment by

If Spark’s “Teardrop” Talbot-Lago doesn’t reach out and grab you on some level, you’re just not a car guy/gal. Only 12 of the low-slung Talbot-Lago T150SS chassis were fitted with this body, à la Figoni et Falaschi; every curve of this incredible design flows cleanly into another – so much so that Sir William Lyons – who approved the sensuous Jaguar D-Type and XK-E shapes – called the F&F body “positively indecent” (in the best possible way, of course). We agree; like many works of art, several of these cars survived WWII and are now in museums, and their presence makes verifying the accuracy of Spark’s resin body all the easier. The high-gloss, mirror-smooth silver and blue colors are crisply separated by a thin chrome molding, and the delicate photo-etched grille and intake screens, the thin bumper blades, louver trim, and window moldings, plus the flush handles  and “trafficator” signals behind the doors are all chrome-plated and right in scale. Partly-open windows make it easier to see the authentic upholstery patterns, plated handles, and legible instrument faces recessed into the 3-D photo-etched dash. And yes, there are photo-etched wire wheels behind those flowing fender skirts. Workmanship is literally flawless; this resincast Talbot-Lago by Spark is a great addition to any collection. – Wayne Moyer


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I have been a car guy since my early teens. From managing a performance center on Long Island NY to being a partner of the world’s largest traveling global car show series; my career path has taken me on an exciting journey. I have consulted for MTV, McDonalds, Turtle Wax, Dodge and other high profile companies and have been published in multiple automotive journals. Alpha Penguin Publishing recruited me to co-author “The Complete Idiots Guide to Customizing Your Ride” for which one of my cars graces the cover. My diecast addiction began about 12 years back. My girlfriend at the time knew I was saving for a Mustang Cobra. She thought it would be humorous and purchased a diecast version to hold me over for a while. What was an initial joke struck a chord because I was fascinated with how Hot Wheels could make such a cool replica for a buck. The next time we went shopping I stopped in the toy aisle and ended up purchasing additional Hot Wheels and a few Jada vehicles. Well you all know the story from here; one shelf led to a book case. The book case quickly became an apartment filled with hundreds of HotWheels, Jada and other 1:64th scale replicas. Next came my introduction to 1:24th and 1:18th scale die cast and twelve years later I am the proud owner of a collection that is displayed in a 2000sq foot facility with a current count of over 12 thousand unique pieces. My then girlfriend, now wife, has a lot of patience for my hobby and my two little girls enjoy it with us too. Today I find myself fascinated with all scales and all models of customized vehicles. From tuners to rat rods, lead sleds to pro street drag. I do have an appreciation for the well delivered OEM vehicles as well. Most of all I enjoy the hunt to complete a set or series of vehicles. I look forward to being a part of DieCast X Magazine and helping to strengthen, grow and deliver our hobby to people who do not know how rewarding it is to an individual and a family.

One Response to “Talbot To Go: Spark 1937 T150SS Teardrop Coupe”

  1. John R says:

    Spark did a nice job capturing the shape and details of this great car. Unfortunately, they missed noticeably on the blue color. The car is actually a dark blue metallic. There are many photos of the car in a number of books. The unfortunate part is the color was correct on the prototype shown at the toy fair. Why the change? They did the same thing on the Delahaye roadster released earlier. It is a well done model but released with red and cream instead of the correct blue and cream. Again they showed a correct prototype and switched. Too bad. Why?

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