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Clement Talbot

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January 1903.
May 1904.
February 1905.
February 1905.
March 1906.
March 1906.
December 1906. 15 h.p.
December 1906. 15 h.p.
February 1907.
April 1907.
July 1908.
July 1908.
September 1908. The Invincible.
September 1908. 25 h.p. to cross Australia.
November 1908. Advert for 12, 15, 25 and 35 h.p. models.
November 1908. 35 h.p. model.
November 1908. 15 h.p. with Roi des Belges body.
1909. M. Clement.
November 1909.
November 1909.
July 1910.
July 1910.
June 1911.
June 1911.
May 1913.
November 1914. Armoured car.
March 1916.
March 1922.
March 1922.
August 1923.
October 1923.
October 1923. Models, prices and specifications.
October 1923. Models, prices and specifications.
March 1932.
October 1936.
October 1937.
October 1937.
November 1937.

Clement Talbot Ltd, car makers, of Edinburgh Road, Ladbroke Grove, London W

of Barlby Road, North Kensington, London, W. (1922)

1896 Business established.

1902 Incorporated as a Limited Co. under the patronage of Charles Chetwynd-Talbot who gave his name to the company.

1902 Formed as a private company called Clement Talbot Ltd. The company was registered on 11 October, to carry on the manufacture of motor-cars etc. [1].

1904 Clement-Talbot, Co., Ltd., Ladbroke Grove, Notting Hill, London, W. were manufacturers of the Talbot car.

1904 July. Details of their car including 7, 9, 14 and 16-20hp models..[2][3]

1904 November. Details of the Talbot 35-hp car.[4]

1905 March. Details of the Clement-Talbot 8-hp and 12-hp cars.[5][6][7]

1905 October. Details of the back axle.[8]

After formation of Clement-Bayard company it entered into an agreement with an English financial group headed by the Earl of Shrewsbury and Talbot for the Clement Bayard to be assembled in Britain by a new company called Clement Talbot Ltd. and to be sold as Clement-Talbots.

1906 The company produced 8-10, 10-12, 12-16, 20-24, 24-30, 35-45 and 50-60 h.p. models. The three higher powered ones were chain drive while the smaller were shaft driven. Various models were made in Britain by Clement Talbot, and others in France by M. A. Clement. They were marketed under the Clement-Talbot brand name. [9]

1906 May. Details of their petrol cars with 20-24 hp engine.[10]

By 1907 the British company was designing its own cars, among them the high-performance 4-litre 25 which rivalled the Vauxhalls and Sunbeams for fastest time of the day in the numerous sprints and hill-climbs.[11]

From this came the Talbot cars - see that entry. By 1908 Talbot cars were exhibited at the Motor Show. Talbot cars were sold by Clement Talbot Ltd.

1908 May. Details of their 35-hp car.[12]

1909 October. Details of the 35-hp four-cylinder car.[13]

1909 November. Details of the cars. 12-hp, 15-hp, 25-hp and 35-hp.[14]

1919 The British-owned, Paris-based Darracq took over Clement Talbot including the British Talbot and Talbot models. Cars built at Suresnes were then marketed as Talbot-Darracq[15].

1920 A. Darracq (1905) Ltd and Sunbeam Motor Car Co were amalgamated, with Sunbeam shareholders receiving an equal number of Darracq shares. The name of the parent company was changed from A. Darracq (1905) Ltd to S. T. D. Motors to reflect the names of the 3 companies making up the new company - Sunbeam, Talbot and Darracq[16]. Production would continue at the 3 sites - Wolverhampton (Sunbeam), London (Talbot) and Suresnes (Darracq). In addition a central organisation for buying, selling, advertising and administration would be established. The absorption of W. and G. Du Cros would expand body-building capacity adjacent to the Talbot works, something which was necessary due to the inadequate capacity of the Darracq company[17].

1936. Sunbeam and Clement Talbot, which had been part of S. T. D. Motors where they had shared many engineering facilities, were purchased by the Rootes Group.

1937 Clement Talbot Ltd was still in business as an automobile retailer (see adverts)

Early Registrations

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Sources of Information

  1. The Stock Exchange Year Book 1908
  2. The Autocar 1904/07/02
  3. The Autocar 1904/07/09
  4. The Autocar 1904/12/03
  5. The Autocar 1905/03/18
  6. The Autocar 1905/03/25
  7. The Autocar 1905/04/08
  8. The Autocar 1905/10/21
  9. The Automobile Vol. III. Edited by Paul N. Hasluck and published by Cassell and Co in 1906.
  10. Automotor Journal 1906/06/02
  11. The Motor - Volume 165 - Page 59
  12. Automotor Journal 1908/06/13
  13. The Autocar 1909/10/16
  14. The Autocar 1909/11/13
  15. The Times, 10 March 1924
  16. The Times, 9 June 1920
  17. The Times, 14 August 1920