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.