The Talbot-Lago T26 GSL was a very elegant car in the French manner, but it was not a commercial success, and the model was short-lived. Introduced in late 1953, production ended in late 1954 or early 1955, a mere 12–18 months after its debut. Somewhere between 19 and 21 T26 GSLs were built, and 11 to 13 survive, making the car featured here a very rare one indeed. As the Lago Record was out of production by then, they were the last automobiles to be fitted with the great T26 engine. The passing of the big Talbot marked the end of an era in French luxury car manufacture.