A Marvelous Restoration: the 1956 Talbot-Lago T14 LS Coupé

The 1950s saw European car manufacturers turn out some of the most celebrated and memorable models, particularly from those car builders located in France.

France was a pioneer in the automotive industry and the 1950s was really the swan song of the great French luxury brands.

One fabulous gem to come out of this era is David Buchanan’s 1956 Talbot-Lago T14 LS Coupé, which won the prize for the most sensitive restoration at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. Just looking at this beauty gives you an idea how much work went into it.

It’s truly a rare sight to behold.

Everything from the glass fluid jars, which seem to be two olive oil containers in the engine bay, to the rope-wrapped headers and metal cable tubes and paddles for the signals are just a fraction of the amazing details.

The car’s overall shape and the smooth curves, as well as the beautifully crafted chrome fuel cap and colorful wiring only leaves you wanting more.


T14 LS was presented at the 1954 Salon de L’Automobile de Paris featuring the brand’s last self-developed engine, a 2.5-liter four-cylinder with twin laterally mounted camshafts upgraded with five main bearings. Initially the Talbot-Lago only produced around 120 horsepower and later switched to BMW power in 1957.