Back in 1951, this Talbot Lago was delivered as a rolling chassis to the Pennock bodyworks in The Hague with the request to transform into an ultimate rally-vehicle. Coachbuilders Pennock were more than happy with its arrival, as sales had dropped drastically after the war.
Pennock were proud to display the 'Pennock-Lago' at the Amsterdam motor show of 1952. A Lago very different to the other 38 Grand Sports built. Perhaps not so elegant as the ones that were bodied by the factory, let alone compared to a flamboyant one-off by Saoutchik or even Graber, but this had a reason, as this car was purpose built. Not a showcar, but a rally-contender, made to measure for a rich rally-enthusiast.
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