Prelude


It's 1930: The roaring twenties changed the society. The 1920s brought a feeling of freedom and independence. Young people wanted to try new ideas after the 1st world war. Both men and women, broke with the traditions and prudishness of their parents and grandparents, lived their life as they wanted.
Woman freed oneself not only from the corset, they had the right to vote, they had a career, smoked cigarettes in public, wore comfortable dresses and some even drove an automobile.
Magazines with photographs and cinema films, still silent movies at that time, were very popular and spread glamour and originality. The newest developments, technical as well as in fashion, art and avant-garde went around the world and everyone wanted to participate. One visited the everywhere popular revues and went to the cinemas, to watch the stars, listened to the new jazz music and danced Charleston. Sports became trend like tennis, skiing, sailing.
The sense of time was more cosmopolitan than ever, automobiles and aircrafts lead to a greater mobility. The Zeppelin LZ 127 flew around the world in 35 days while Clärenore Stinnes needed 2 years when she came back in 1929 in her Adler Automobile.

Cars became more refined and faster, with more comfort. The art deco changed them from motorized coaches to design objects. Driving licence were needed and international traffic ruels in force including speed limit and the first electric traffic lights installed, yet no alcohol limits.
The big wall street crash in October 1929 literally marked the peak of the 20s, when money lost in value every day and it had to be spent to get the most out of it. It was a generous time of roaring parties in a very liberal climate, but the speed of change and development slowed down already, until the great depression and the changing political landscape set an end to this era of freedom and liberality. That was not the best for beginning of 1930.

Talbot

In 1928 Talbot came out with the new 2 litre M67, followed in 1929 by the 2,5 litre K74/K75/M75 and the 3 litre P75.
The new M67 and K74 stayed in production until 1932. 5.575 cars of the M67 and M67c, 3.803 cars of the K74/K75 and M75 have been build. And 185 of the P75 were build, 135 units in 1929 and 50 in 1930. The P75 had many features taken over from the previous DUS TL cars so it was phased out because it did not fit in the platform strategy anymore.
With No. 177 of 185 my P75 must have been build in 1930. It still has the number plate with the Paris registration form early 1930. Because the plates numbering changed in 1950, I do assume it had been put aside at that time.
A restoration had been started. The chassis is cosmetically revised, but I think I will have to rework a lot.
The body is there in fragments. I havn't found a chassis number yet. So the stamped in motor number and chassis no. is my only clue.
I looked quite a bit in the internet, but have not found a second P75. According to the Talbot Club 4 of 185 vehicles are left. Where? Any contacts or hints welcome.

Regarding the strategy of restauration, it went very well with the Mercedes restoring the body first, assemble everything, paint it then and restore chassis and motor while the rest was in the paintshop.
Due to some missing parts in the motor I want to do it differently with the Talbot. I will start with the motor first, continue with the chassis until it is running, and build the body afterwards. The car is big, so it needs a lot more space and I do have only limited space.

But before taking anything apart, I had to clean up my shed and lay tiles on the floor. Huge improvement! Now everything is much tidier. Next big investment was an old Fleck&Co lathe from 1937. I have no clue, how on earth I survived without it until then...

Searching


I am searching for parts:

  • Looking for the brake pads and drums from the rear axle. Diameter shall be 400mm. It could very well be that Drums from a Talbot DUS may fit.
  • Also seeking for the 3-part brake pads of the front Perrot style brake. This might be easier M67 or K74 parts might also fit.
  • Any kind of fotos which are definately P75 Cars.


Literature

Prospect of Talbot M67 K74 and P75 in german.