1926 Talbot Darracq T700 vintage cyclekart project

3/4 scale home built replicas of vintage/historic cars with 200cc engines are popular in the US and now just beginning in the UK. My car is a Talbot Darracq 700 which raced in the very first British Grand Prix at Brooklands in 1926. The big attraction of Cyclekarts or Classickarts is the ability to build, own and race a replica of the rarest and most expensive classic cars.
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The Talbot Darracq was a very advanced 1.5 litre straight eight supercharged  Grand Prix car. The engine and propshaft were offset to allow the driver to sit lower in the car.  Only one car now remains.

The Talbot Darracq was a very advanced litre straight eight supercharged Grand Prix car. The engine and propshaft were offset to allow the driver to sit lower in the car. Only one car now remains.

Rear springs are dummies.

Rear springs are dummies.

Chassis is made from 12mm plywood.

Chassis is made from plywood.

Steering wheel is removable to allow driver to get in.   Getting out is more difficult!

This is a scale approx 1926 Talbot Drive from the engine is through a ratio gearbox/wet clutch and a ratio toother belt to the rear axle.

2 wheel drive, no differential.  Drive from the front mounted engine is to a 2:1 ratio gearbox with a wet clutch.   A 3:1 toothed belt then runs alongside the driver to the rear axle..

2 wheel drive, no differential. Drive from the front mounted engine is to a ratio gearbox with a wet clutch. A toothed belt then runs alongside the driver to the rear axle.

A nicely restored Talbot Darracq Grand Prix car

A nicely restored Talbot Darracq Grand Prix car

Plywood strips being used to make the bonnet/hood.

Plywood strips being used to make the bonnet/hood.

Wheels are 14 inch Pit Bike motorcycle type.  Front engine, timing belt drive to rear axle.

Wheels are 14 inch Pit Bike motorcycle type. Front engine, timing belt drive to rear axle.

Cars have front suspension only.

Cars have front suspension only.

Bodyshell is 4mm plywood wesraynor@btinternet.com

Bodyshell is 4mm plywood wesraynor@btinternet.com


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