The car was first owned by Derek’s father Len Prebble in 1917.
He lived in Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand.
In 1918 it was used to take people into the Christchurch Square to celebrate the end of World War One. A passenger rang a bell to warn the horses and riders to get out of the way.
In 1919 Dereks father Len Prebble and Irene (nee Just) bought a farm beyond Mt Somers, 80 miles away from Christchurch in the foothills of the Southern Alps. The car carried all their worldly possessions including a dog and a bike on a deck on the back.
Leaving Puriri Street Christchurch for the Farm at Mt Somers. The trip took over six hours, the only bridge was over the Rakaia River and all other rivers and streams had to be forded. At that time of settling on the farm there was only a boundary fence and two-roomed hut.
The Clement Talbot was the only transport until 1928 when Dereks father purchased a 1914 Hupmobile. The Talbot was then dismantled – the rear end used for a horse drawn cart. The front was used to drive a saw-bench until 1950 when the farm was sold.
Dereks Father – Len Prebble with children Derek and Aurelie
Mount Somers Approximately 1933
The back half of the Car used for the Cart until it collapsed.
Fortunately Derek gathered up the parts that were left and kept them in storage until he moved from the Farm at Coldstream to Ashburton in 1996.
Information from Stephen Lally – VCC Historian in the UK:
“The records that I have start in August 1905 but are not complete until about 1907. Your Talbot, if its a CT2K, is a French model assembled in Kensington. The numbers you have given me seem to correspond with this but it means I don’t have all the production details. This is, no doubt, why I was a bit vague last time. There are 3 other 9/11s in my Veteran car Club members list of 1996, one in Australia. Only one gives a chassis number – 3085. The engine numbers are 2046 on Ch 3085 and 2078 and 2273. So all in the same area as yours. It is believed that these numbers are also in sequence with Clements made in France. In this list is a Clement 9/11 with engine number 2214, so in sequence. These cars seem to have been made from 1904-06.”
Next are two photos from Stephen, which are of cars similar to ours but are 8/10s so slightly smaller:
Restoration took place over a 10 year period at Derek’s sister and brother in law (Sue & Ken Rule) workshop in Ashburton, New Zealand
Derek with various grandchildren
(from left Oliver Markwell, Heath Haydock and Harrison Prebble) 2005
The workings of the 2cl engine
The Talbot was on display at the AGM of the New Zealand National Vintage Car Club Ashburton Hotel 17-19 August 2007