Talbot-90-Brooklands-Tourer, Chassis 29901 - 2006 Le Mans Classic

Talbot 90 Brooklands Tourer, Chassis 29901, at the 2006 Le Mans Classic,  by Wouter Melissen -

The 90 was a car made by Talbot between 1930 and 1933. 216 were produced during this time.

When the British firm Fox & Nicholls expressed a desire to enter a Talbot in the 1930 Brooklands Double 12. The cylinder head of the Talbot 75 was slightly modified to increase the compression to 10:1 and the Talbot 90 was born.

Despite the racing preparation, the 90 retained the typical characteristics of the Roesch Talbots, so it quiet literally, motored to racing success in Great Britain and mainland Europe.

The engine was a 2276cc unit with an overhead camshaft and pushrods. The engine was connected to a four speed (silent third) gearbox via a single plate clutch. The engine output was 70bhp and the competition version produced 85bhp. The top speed of the standard car was 85mph (137kmh) and the competition car was 100mph (161kmh).

The chassis was 9ft 6in long and had semi-elliptical brakes on the front and quarter-elliptical on the rear. The car was originally fitted with Rod operated Perrot brakes on the front wheels but this changed to rod and cable operated brakes later on.

In the shadow of the big battle between the Speed Six Bentleys and a supercharged Mercedes-Benz SSK, two Works Talbot 90's recorded an impressive third and fourth in the 1930 24 Hours of Le Mans. Thanks to the small displacement, the third placed car also won the Index of Performance.

The Weyann bodied tourer cost £675 in 1930.

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