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Lot 106: Sunbeam Talbot 90 MkII

Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles, Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers (13 July 2011)

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 coup�. 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 derived from 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 coup� bodies were fitted to the chassis and the rear wheel openings were covered by metal spats.

In 1950 a new 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 coup� version tested by 'The Motor' in 1952 had a top speed of 85.2mph and could accelerate from 0-60 in 20.2 seconds.

First registered in November 1951, this Nimbus Grey saloon has been in the current ownership for the last 13 years and has only had four keepers before that. Still retaining its original and characterful red leather interior with seat belts in the back, it was substantially restored in 1997 and is now mellowing nicely.

It comes with an original workshop manual and toolkit plus a small quantity of spares. Currently taxed and due to have a fresh MOT before the sale, this lovely old motorcar is ready to drive away today.

Lot Details
Auction Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles
Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers, Leominster, Herefordshire
TypeCar
Lot Number106
Estimate£4000-£5000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£4400
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1951
Condition rating0
Registration numberRPB 383
Mileage-
Chassis numberA3005545HS0
Engine numberA3005545HS0
Engine capacity (cc)2267
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2