Advertising claimed the Talbot 14/45 1665cc to be: ‘Britain’s safest car’ and ‘The real sportsman’s car'.
This photograph shows occupants of a late 1920s Talbot 14/45 watching the fish at Corhampton, Hampshire.
The picture is one of a collection of 4,500 glass plate negatives by the professional motoring photographer William J Brunell. Images in the Brunell Negative Collection document motorsport events along with social and domestic life between the First and Second World Wars. Many of the scenic locations in the photographs are still visited today in the context of holidays and days out.
The vehicle in the image is a Talbot 14/45 1665cc, 6-cylinder overhead valve engine, which was in production from 1926 to 1935. In later years, from 1932, it was called the 65.
One of the smoothest cars of the day, it was available with a variety of bodies including saloon, sports saloon, landaulet, limousine, coupe, a 2/3 seat tourer and a 5/6 seat tourer. In total 7,018 vehicles were manufactured, designed by Talbot’s Swiss born engineer Georges Roesch.
The Talbot Company was in financial trouble when the 14/45 was launched and some claim it was this car that saved the company from ruin. All subsequent Talbot models sold well and the 14/45 developed into famous models such as the 75, 90, 105 and 110.
Over one million items are held in the National Motor Museum Photographic Collection.
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