A very rare Talbot-Lago T150-C SS 'Goutte d'Eau' Coupe is to be auctioned later this week.
The French-built car is more than eight decades old and is considered one of the finest looking cars ever made, thanks to its teardrop shape and art-deco styling, inside and out.
Just 16 were made between 1937 and 1938 – this particular example being a 1937 – and is one of just two cars ever painted in this stunning two-tone black and grey. As any car of this vintage would, it has a fascinating history too.
Like many rare or luxurious cars during the Second World War, the Talbot was stored away by its first owner – a Mr H. Fey from Switzerland.
Despite the Talbot having stunning looks already, Fey decided that he wanted the car to be altered, and took it to famous coachbuilder Hermann Graber to drastically alter it to a convertible body.
By 1966 the car had been bought by Mr G Fey, presumably a relative, who kept the car for a further 21 years.
By 2000 the third owner had decided the car should rightly be taken back to its original form and a painstaking restoration commenced over a three-year period. And today it looks exactly the same as it did when it was originally styled by Figoni et Falaschi.
The car will go under the hammer at the RM Sotheby's auction in Lake Como, Italy on May 27, with an estimated price of £3.5 million.
By Aidan Rennie-Jones