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The British-French business Clément-Talbot debuted the Talbot automotive brand in 1902. Since then, it has been inactive. During the First World War, the company's founders, Adolphe Clément-Bayard and Charles Chetwynd-Talbot, 20th Earl of Shrewsbury, cut their financial stakes in Clément-Talbot.
Clément-Talbot was added to a group called STD Motors not long after the war was over. Soon after, Talbot was substituted for Darracq on STD Motors' French models.


Following the demise of STD Motors in the middle of the 1930s, Rootes purchased the London Talbot facility and Antonio Lago acquired the Paris Talbot factory. Lago went on to produce automobiles under the Talbot and Talbot-Lago marques. In 1938, Rootes changed the name of Clément-Talbot to Sunbeam-Talbot and discontinued using the Talbot brand in the middle of the 1950s. A few years later, the Paris facility was shut down.

The marque was eventually owned by PSA Peugeot Citroen after it bought struggling Chrysler Europe from its American parent company in 1978. Through a complicated series of takeovers, the marque had existed in two different forms by both the Rootes Group and Simca. Both of these companies later came under the control of Chrysler Corporation. From 1979 through 1994, PSA reinstated the Talbot brand, using it on products that had previously been manufactured by Chrysler Europe.

Talbot Owners Club: The Home of Pre-War London Talbots

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