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Lot 092: Sunbeam-Talbot 90 MK II

Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles, Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers (28 November 2012)

Launched in 1948, the Sunbeam Talbot 90 was a sporting car built by the Rootes Group in Ryton, Coventry, and was the last car to bear the Sunbeam Talbot name. The body was completely new and available as a four-door saloon or two-door drophead coupé. The saloon featured a 'pillarless' join between the glass on the rear door and the rear quarter window. The car went through three versions before production stopped in 1954. The original version had a 64bhp 1,944cc side-valve four-cylinder engine derived from a pre-war Humber unit carried over from the Sunbeam Talbot 2-Litre. The chassis was based on the Ten model but with wider track and had beam axles front and rear and leaf springs. The brakes were updated to have hydraulic operation. Saloon and Drophead coupé bodies were fitted to the chassis and the rear wheel openings were covered by metal spats. In 1950 the MkII version got a new chassis with independent front suspension using coil springs while the engine was enlarged to 2,267cc and the cylinder head changed to overhead valves. Power was up at 70bhp. A coupé version tested by 'The Motor' in 1952 had a top speed of 85.2mph and could accelerate from 0-60 in 20.2 seconds. They were sporting cars in their day and were very successful in International Rallies, driven by Shelia Van Damm amongst others. This 1953 example was originally painted Metallic Bronze and was given a respray in 2007 when the colour was changed to blue. Previously owned by the Secretary of the Sunbeam Talbot Alpine Register, he passed it on to the current vendor last year having used it on a tour of Ireland and a trip to Angouleme. Retaining its lovely original interior and correct tool kit, the vendor advises us that it is a very sound example which runs and drives very nicely. The engine fired up instantly and ran very quietly when inspected. It is MOTd until September 2013 and carries a current tax disc until May next year. Their tall gearing, strong engines and good handling mean that even today these Sunbeams crack along at a good pace, providing individual, rapid and entertaining motoring.

Lot Details
Auction Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles
Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers, Easters Court, Leominster, Herefordshire, HR6 0DE
Lot Number092
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£3100
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Condition rating
Registration numberNUP 650
Chassis number30111 38H S021102
Engine number3011138-21102
Engine capacity (cc)2267
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors