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"Die Cast X", October 1, 2012

TALBOT TO GO

SPARK 1937 T150SS Teardrop Coupe

Wayne Moyer

1:43 | $65

If Spark’s “Teardrop” Talbot-Lago doesn’t reach out and grab you on some level, you’re just not a car guy/gal. Only 12 of the low-slung Talbot-Lago T150SS chassis were fitted with this body, à la Figoni et Falaschi; every curve of this incredible design flows cleanly into another — so much so that Sir William Lyons — who approved the sensuous Jaguar D-Type and XK-E shapes — called the F&F body “positively indecent” (in the best possible way, of course). We agree; like many works of art, several of these cars survived WW II and are now in museums, and their presence makes verifying the accuracy of Spark’s resin body all the easier. The high-gloss, mirror-smooth silver and blue colors are crisply separated by a thin chrome molding, and the delicate photo-etched grille and intake screens, the thin bumper blades, louver trim, and window moldings, plus the flush handles and “trafficator” signals behind the doors, are all chrome-plated, and right in scale. Partly open windows make it easier to see the authentic upholstery patterns, plated handles, and legible instrument faces recessed into the 3D photo-etched dash. And yes, there are photo-etched wire wheels behind those flowing fender skirts. Workmanship is literally flawless; this resincast Talbot-Lago by Spark is a great addition to any collection.

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