CMC-Set “Les beautés françaises bleues”
including CMC Bugatti Type 35 Grand Prix, 1924 and CMC Talbot-Lago Coupé T150 C-SS Figoni & Falaschi “Teardrop”, 1937-39
Limited Edition 50 pcs.
A technical masterpiece of racing history meets elegance and unsurpassed aesthetics. “Le Patron”, as Ettore Bugatti was called at his time, moved into the Olympus of automobile manufacturers – as a gifted designer and one of the most important pacemakers in the history of technical design.
However, the so-called gentlemen drivers who drove Bugatti’s vehicles also had their flair and very special charisma. Whether counts, gigolos, bon vivants or soldiers of fortune:
Most of the time the men who took their seats behind the wheel were rich and moved in a world characterized by luxury, extravagant victory celebrations, sensational love affairs, and playing with death.
No less sophisticated is the Talbot-lago T-150 C-SS body by the famous French coachbuilders Figoni & Falaschi. The car is simply what would be called ‘state of the art’ today. Soon after its introduction, the terms ‘goutte d’eau’ (water drops) and ‘Teardrop Coupé’ emerged, both of which were never used offcially, but aptly given the appropriate words to the unusual shape. Everything about this fascinating vehicle and every detail testifes to a deep love for design and automotive engineering in general. Both models, the Bugatti and the Talbot, can therefore be quite immodestly named as as total works of art.
This set is available worldwide in an edition of 50 pieces.
HISTORY (ORIGINAL VEHICLE)
CMC Bugatti Type 35 Grand Prix, 1924
Born in Milan on September 15, 1881, Ettore Bugatti already had a factory founded in Molsheim, Alsace when he was still young. Within a few years, everyone in the nascent automobile industry was talking about that “genius of Molsheim.”
For Ettore Bugatti, designing cars was a matter of seeking perfection, or in other words, a pursuit of both beauty and functionality. In 1924, with the Type 35 he started an era characterized by Bugatti dominance for the next six or seven years. During this period, the Type 35 proved to be a perennial victor on the motorsport scene, winning races like no other car had ever done, or would ever do.
CMC would like to pay its tribute to the successes of the Type 35 as well as to its technical and styling achievements. The replica that is presented to you features unparalleled detailing of the 1924 Grand Prix version of the Type 35 (without the spare wheel). It is made of 926 parts and assembled with meticulous skills and craftsmanship so as to do justice to the famous Bugatti brand and its unique styling represented by a prominent horse-shoe cooler.
CMC Talbot-Lago Coupé T150 C-SS Figoni & Falaschi “Teardrop”, 1937-39
When the decision was taken at CMC to reproduce the Talbot Lago Coupé with its “Teardrop” bodywork as a model, the pulse of our model builders quickened and the joy of reproducing such a piece of art was tremendous. But, at the same time there was also the challenge and obligation to do justice to this demanding project.Many experts around the world are in agreement that this vehicle can no longer be classified with the standards applying to cars otherwise. The Talbot Lago, with its bodywork made by the famous French sheet metal cutters Figoni & Falaschi, looks like it is from another planet. The car is simply what would be called “state of the art” today.
When Talbot presented the Coupé for the first time during the Paris Motor Show in 1937, the visitors were impressed immediately.This very quickly gave rise to the terms “goutte d’eau” (drop of water) and “teardrop coupé”, which were never used officially, but which provided the suitable words for the extraordinary shape. Everything about this fascinating vehicle and every detail attest to a deep love of design and matching accessories. Every line and every rail supports the effect without appearing obtrusive. This car is a harmonious unit – from the narrow front fender to the chromium-plated exhaust tail piece. In addition, there is the luxuriously equipped interior with artistic workmanship of noble wood and elegant leather.A silky-smooth running six-cylinder in-line engine works under the bonnet of the Coupé at either 140 or 160 hp, depending on the model. Powerful torque guarantees energetic drive and good acceleration values.Just 16 of these cars – with each individual vehicle differing in either a hardly perceptible or a greater, conspicuous detail – were built between 1937 and 1939.Only about a quarter of these impressive vehicles are still known today, witnesses to a bygone era, when form was still a priority.
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