About the once quite famous cars Talbot now few people know. This brand, although never one of the legendary, still played a role in automotive history.
The company was founded in 1902 in London, with the financial support of Lord Shryusbury Charles Chetwynd-Talbot (Shrewsbury Charles Chetwynd-Talbot). Initially, it was, in fact, something like the English division of the French automaker Clement. For some time, the British simply produced other people's models, under the brand Clement-Talbot. However, after a while the company becomes completely independent from Clement, starting to produce cars of its own design, but the dual name is retained until 1914. It is believed that those years were one of the most interesting in the history of the brand, the fate of which turned out to be very difficult in the future. They are interesting if only because in the period from 1905 to 1919 Talbot was completely independent.
|Talbot T150, 1938|
In 1919, the only son of Lord Charles was killed in the First World War. The founder of the company loses all interest in business and sells his company to the French - companies Darracq. So it appears Darracq-Talbot, which in 1920 is merged with the English Sunbeam. The result of the last union is a group Sunbeam-Talbot-Darracq or just STD.
But even in this hypostasis Talbot did not last long. In 1936 STD taken over by an English manufacturer Rootes Group. Before 1967 brand Talbot "rather alive than dead." New models under it are produced, somehow sluggishly, among them there are no outstanding ones. Instead of luxurious (which cost only one Talbot T150) and sports models that once won sports competitions, rather sluggish and not particularly remarkable examples are produced. By that time roots begins to experience serious financial problems and is taken over by an American manufacturer Chrysler, which has no intention of spinning off Talbot. The gloomy period of the brand continues.
In 1978 Chrysler, going through hard times, sells its European branches Peugeot SA. The French decided to try to revive the brand, pulling it out of the atmosphere of despondency that had developed around it. As a result, several new models were released, which never became quite successful. In 1985, their production ceases, and copies that have not yet been sold are renamed to Peugeot Talbot. They remained on sale until 1986, after which Talbot finally ceased to exist.