Rolling Sculpture: 1938 Talbot

If any machine defines the words “rolling sculpture,” it must be Talbot Lago’s T150C “Teardrop.” Just fourteen were made from 1937-39 in France, the body being done by the coachbuilding firm Figoni & Falaschi. The evocative “Teardop” name comes from the French press raving about the car at the design’s debut at the Paris Auto Show, calling it Goutte d’Eau, or “drop of water.”

This particular Teardrop won “Best of Show” at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in 1997. To find out what a multi-million dollar show winner was all about I spent two days driving and photographing it. Absolutely critical to the article was the shoot.

In southern California where the car was located there is a business that distributes sulfur, so with their permission we made good use of their sulfur pit. I chose this location because not only would the yellow work well with the car’s dark blue and silver colors, but the uniform background and texture made it very easy for the eye to digest the fabulous Teardrop shape. The result was my favorite shoot that year.

Winston Goodfellow’s love affair with the automobile was kindled in the mid-1970s when he was in high school. One day after basketball practice, a teammate called out, "You have to see this!" Parked next to the gym was a new Ferrari 365 GT/4 BB "Berlinetta Boxer" owned by a Saudi prince who attended a nearby college. A few weeks later Goodfellow saw another prince’s Lamborghini Countach LP400, and he was hooked.

Goodfellow spent most of the 1980s in the financial services industry, then changed careers in the early 1990s to become an automotive writer and photographer. Today his photos and words are found in books and magazines around the world. He is a Pebble Beach Concours Chief Class Judge and a Seminar Leader with the Smithsonian Institution.

TheCarConnection features Goodfellow’s art this week and once a month in a new feature. This month’s print, of the Talbot, is available as notecards, monographs and portfolio sets at

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