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Have a Talbot-Lago T150 CSS
Of all the cars available in in the art deco era, the T150C was almost always transformed into rolling sculpture. Most of the cars were bodied by Figoni et Falaschi into some of the most voluptuous shapes sometimes referred to as the ‘Goutte d’Eau’ or teardrop.
During its era, the teardrop, also known as the ‘Goutte d’Eau’, was one of the select few automobiles that both redefined automotive style and won top-level races. Having successfully combined racing function and elegant form, the Teardrop became trend setting and motivated many other French manufacturers to consider more streamlined design.
When Figoni & Falaschi unveiled the first Talbot-Lago T 150 C SS with Joseph Figoni’s streamlined coupe coachwork at the 1937 Paris Salon, onlookers were taken aback by its beauty. The press called it "goute d’eau." In English, the phrase translates best to "teardrop".
Only 16 Talbot-Lago T150 C chassis were bodied by Figoni & Falschi in the goutte d’eau coupe style. All shared Figoni’s signature teardrop fenders, steeply raked windshield, flush door handles, chrome accents and sloping fastback. Five were subtly notchbacked, known today as the "Jeancart" style after the buyer of the first example. The remaining 11 were, with one exception, were built on the sporting short-chassis T150 C SS and are today known as the Model New York style. The first was built for socialite Freddy McEvoy and debuted at the New York Auto Show in 1937. Each of the cars in the series is subtly different in concept and details, reflecting the desires of their individual client and the application for which they were intended.