Creating the Talbo, the most beautiful car in the world
Gilles Chirignan, the proprietor, is a long-time car enthusiast, builder, and restorer. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Clarkson University. His strong suits are CAD and his hands-on ability. Gilles is committed to providing you with exceptional customer service throughout the process, from designing and ordering your Talbo to service and maintenance.
All of the tooling was purchased from TLC Carrossiers. Under the guidance of George Balashak, we are proud to be able to once again produce the Talbo, with quite a few updates and improvements.
A collection of photographs of our office, showroom, and workshop in West Palm Beach, Florida.
Shop is being moved to New England. Stay tuned for production restart.
Engine: Chevrolet LS3 6.2Litre (376 cu in) V8
Horsepower: 430 hp @5900 rpm
Torque: 424 lb-ft @ 4600 rpm
E-ROD systems include complete emissions equipment, including catalytic converters and a fuel tank evaporative emissions canister, along with an engine control module calibrated for a balance of performance and efficiency.
3.06 first gear ratio, 0.70 overdrive ratio
30-3/4 inches long (approx.)
Manual: T56 six speed
Slip-yoke design, 40-tooth reluctor ring
2.66 first gear ratio, 0.63 overdrive ratio
33.6 inches long (approx.)
Final drive: 3.08 with LSD
Overall length: 170”
Overall height: 53”
Overall Width: 70”
Ground clearance: 7.75”
Curb Weight: 3000 lbs
Weight Distribution: 50% front / 50% rear
Layout: Perimeter frame
Material: laser cut steel, fully boxed and enclosed, interior coated, exterior powder coated
Suspension: independent suspension front and rear, coil-overs
Steering: rack and pinion with power assist
Brakes: Wilwood calipers Front, Ford rear
Wheels: Dayton Wire wheels 17” or 18” with full sized spare
Air conditioning, power windows, door locks, six way power adjustable seats, stereo, tilt steering wheel, Alarm.
All leather interior, wool headliner, fine hardwood accents.
All stainless steel exhaust system.
Paint: Glasurite base / clear coat.
HOW TO DISTINGUISH A TALBO FROM A TALBOT
We are great admirers of the original Talbot, but our goal is to incorporate modern comfort and performance into a beautiful car. There are many ways to tell the difference between our Talbo and the Talbot:
The Talbo has a beautifully curved front bumper which follows the curves of the front fender, while the Talbot had straight bumpers.
The distinctive Talbo badge is very different from the Talbot badge.
The Talbo’s headlights are tucked behind the two grills on either side of the radiator grill, creating a distinctive elegance from the front. This is because the Series 1 and 2 have pop up headlights for better visibility and legal requirements. The Talbot’s headlights were visible through the grills, and had the yellow tint common to French cars of that era.
No series 1 or series 2 Talbos had fog lights, while some of the Talbots did.
The windshield wipers on the Talbo are set in opposite directions when parked and move toward the center when wiping, which allows better visibility when not in use. The Talbot had wipers that parked and moved in the same direction.
In profile, some Talbos had round side turn signals while others didn't. the Talbots had trafficators, turn signals that popped up.
The series 1 and 2 Talbos have 5 chrome lug nuts while the original Talbots had knock off wheels with a single spinner nut.
In terms of the interior, the Talbo has the speedometer and tachometer centered on the steering wheel facing the driver, while Talbots had the speedometer and tachometer in the center of the dash.
The Talbos have floor-mounted shifters (mostly automatic Ford units but a few 5 speed Ford units) while the Talbots had column-mounted shifters connected to Wilson pre-selector gearboxes.
The Talbo Series 1 and 2 are left-hand drive while all original Talbots were right-hand drive despite the fact that right-hand drive is not customary for a French car.
Because the Talbo incorporates modern comfort with classic design, all Talbos have air conditioning while the Talbots did not, since air conditioning wasn’t available in 1939. Instead, the Talbots had a venting windshield, which tilted from the bottom to let air in.
Other modern conveniences in the Talbo include a stereo system, power, and a tilt steering wheel, unlike the Talbots.
At the rear, the Talbo has large round taillights in contrast to the Talbot, which had small chrome ones. The enlarged taillights are included for increased safety, along with a third brake light.
The Talbo has an "F" with an oval cutout around it as the rear facing fuel filler door; this is absent from the Talbot.
The Talbo has no trunk while all original Talbots did. The spare tire is mounted under the car in the Talbo, and in the trunk of the Talbot.
The Talbo series 1 and 2 do not have sunroofs while all the original Talbots did.
LINKS TO TALBO VEHICLES
Street Muscle Magazine article on the Talbo
Description of a 1992 Talbo that was sold
Description of a Talbo at the Murphy Auto Museum
Draw To Drive article on the Talbo
Hemmings Motor News article on the Talbo
Picture of Talbo at a car show
Rinspeed Yellow Talbo specifications
Flicker pics of yellow Talbo in a museum
All Car Index description and pics of Yellow Talbo
Hyman LTD descrition of preowned Talbo
Original Talbo commercial when made by TLC Carrossiers
Website of the Talbo when previously made by TLC Carrossiers
COMMISSIONING YOUR BESPOKE TALBO
Your satisfaction is our top priority. We hand-craft every bespoke Talbo, and will take the time to ensure that your car provides you with the driving experience of your dreams. The Talbo is a turn key car only available as a completed vehicle.
Choose your favorite color or color combination. Can’t decide? We have a gallery of photographs and models to help you make the decision that’s perfect for you.
We offer a range of beautiful fabrics and leather options for the interior, as well as the ability to customize carpets, dashboard, and headliner materials.
We will be pleased to install the motor of your choice. Our standard is a Chevrolet LS V8 or Electric motor either AC or DC with lithium ion battery pack. We also offer both automatic and manual transmissions.