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Figoni & Falaschi Talbot Lago T150C SS 'Teardrop' #90107
Figoni & Falaschi Talbot Lago T150C SS 'Teardrop' #90107
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The Teardrop was Figoni et Falaschi's most coveted work. It was, in a sense, a revolt against the more functional cars from the twenties.

Figoni's Teardrop was first seen in 1935, and by the time the car had hit the 1936 Paris and 1937 New York auto shows, the Teardrop had made its seminal mark. It was built in one of two different designs and on varied chassis sizes.

In 1937, Figoni debuted the 'New York Style' which was a smaller, lighter and more powerful car. It is believed that only eleven cars were constructed in this body style, plus five notchback 'Jeancart' Gouttes d'Eau. The word Gouttes d'Eau translates to 'Teardop'.

By 1937, Figoni et Falaschi had struck an exclusive deal with Talbot-Lago to create teardrop bodies for their finest chassis, the T150C. With its independent front suspension, lightweight construction, excellent braking and low ride height this chassis was focused on competition. It also benefited from Talbot's rich heritage in motor sport and included engineering similar to the Talbot which won the 1937 French Grand Prix.

The definitive version of the T150 was the shortened and lighter SS chassis which only a few Teardrops are built upon. 

Ordered by the Maharajah of Kapurthala, the car (Chassis #90107) was used by the Maharani, an English woman who went by the name of Stella Mudge, an exotic dancer at the Folies Bergeres in Paris. It campaigned in several Concours d'Elegance where it won many awards and is currently known as the only Tear Drop with front fender skirts. The car was imported in the United States by Luigi Chinetti in 1950, and was later donated to The Nethercutt Collection by Betty Locke in March 2005.



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