A pristine 1949 Talbot Lago T26 Record Cabriolet will be the star attraction at a Historics car auction at Brooklands later this year.
With an estimate of between £120,000 and £150,000, the 65-year-old, immaculately-restored two-door Cabriolet has a powerful 4.5 litre, six-cylinder engine, sleek bodywork and chassis and a plush interior.
The work has been lovingly carried out by several specialists and the car is said to be a perfect example of Talbot's post-war design and a testament to its motor racing heritage.
The "under-stressed" engine produces 170bhp and combined with a strong chassis and running gear it was a popular model in the late 1940s, but soft-top versions like it were rare. Whoever buys it would be wise to arrange classiccar insurance to protect their investment.
It was shipped to a US owner before being taken off the road in the 60s or 70s and left in a garage. It is identical in most respects to the car that rolled off the production lines in 1949 and could arguably be the finest Talbot Lago T26 Record Cabriolet still in existence, according to the auctioneers.
The Historics sale is on Saturday 8 March at Brooklands Motor Museum in Surrey.
Copyright Press Association 2014