The Talbot-Lago Grand Sport was an automobile destined for the grand cru sportsman and chic Parisian society in equal measure. It was a grand gesture, and the final flowering in France of the great tradition of the truly custom motorcar. The Grand Sport was outrageously exclusive not just because of its price, which was stratospheric, or its limited practicality, which was irrelevant, but because it was chic, ritzy, aristocratic and sharp as a knife all at once. The Grand Sport chassis with it’s unique hand-crafted body was a thing of luxury, appealing to a sophisticated clientele who could appreciate its superb pedigree and giving admission to the elite gatherings on the racing and concours circuit, no questions asked.
The Talbot-Lago Grand Sport was French haute couture in metal. It was "The Car from Paris”, the last of a kind. Here is the story of Anthony Lago and his rise from penniless car dealer in London to luxury car maker in France, and how the Grand Sport was born. And the story of every single Grand Sport chassis built.
Ben EricksonBorn in 1975, Ben Erickson grew up in Minnesota, where he was doodling cars long before he could read and write. A special interest are American cars from the challenging years in the 1970s and 1980s when, as Ben says, “they did the best with what they had”. ISO, all things Maserati, especially the Biturbos and other cars by Alejandro DeTomaso hold a special place in his heart, as do Volvos and SAABs. Currently, an AC Cobra MK IV and a Maserati Shamal occupy the garage. He holds a Masters in linguistics and is fluent in four languages including Finnish. After having been an exchange student to Denmark, Ben Erickson moved from the USA in the mid 1990s, and has settled in Denmark after a brief stay in Finland. He has worked for a number of years in the IT industry. Spare time is devoted to music, cars and car shows both in Denmark and abroad.