$17,500 Sports Car (Mar, 1950)
$17,500 Sports Car
Le GRAND SPORT (The Big Sport) is I the name for the lush, cream-blue-and-chrome sports car on Mi’s cover. Louis Ritter, New York furrier and hotelman, bought the 170-hp French Talbot chassis for $4500, paid $13,000 more to have the super-streamlined steel body built by hand in Paris by the celebrated designer Saoutchik. Luxuriously soft inner-spring upholstery, interlined convertible top, special push-button doors, leather-padded steering wheel and instrument panel, all helped up the car’s cost. But despite its high price and high-speed (115 mph) performance, the Talbot yields 18 miles per gallon under ordinary driving conditions. Comfortable, too, says MI Editor Bill Parker, above.