I started with the utter simplicity of the Gowland and Gowland Highway Pioneers line of antique cars, and horse-drawn vehicle kits like a stage coach or chariot when my skills got better. Everything was brush-painted. They were later sold by Revell and now some are Minicraft. Plenty available on eBay.
I'm a little confused by the louvers on the kit nose as shown on the box (part 49 on the sprues shown above) because I can't find them on a real version. Anyway, there should be some good reference at these exhaustive links (click to enlarge all photos): http://www.fantasyjunction.com/cars/474-Talbot-Lago-T26 Course-4.5 litre inline-6 https://www.classicdriver.com/en/car/talbot-lago/t26/1949/162974 Smer/Merit builders I have seen got their wire wheels from Herb Deeks on eBay.
PS: Anyone who wants to build a 300 SL Gullwing or roadster kit will find Dennis Adler's book indispensable. It should answer most questions any modeler would have. Lavish color photos. http://www.amazon.com/Mercedes-Benz-300sl-Dennis-Adler/dp/0760312133/ref=sr_1_1_twi_pap_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1454178084&sr=1-1&keywords=dennis+adler+mercedes-benz
The pictures bring up one assembly issue I find confusing. The Eaglemoss site shows separate kit "eyebrows" over the wheel wells, as on the early production Gullwings, which were bolted on, with visible welting, on cars through #379 in 1955; after that, according to the Adler book, they were "leaded on" for a more seamless look.Whatever that means. If the kit eyebrows are separate parts, they sure look seamless in the Pocher images, especially at the top of this page. The question being: how did Pocher get that seamless look without putty and repainting -- or did they change the Eaglemoss body??