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Lot 091: Sunbeam-Talbot 2-Litre Drophead Coupe

Classic Cars and Motorcycles, Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers (25 September 2013)

The Sunbeam-Talbot marque came into being in 1938 and was conceived as part of the Rootes Group's rationalisation of brands. Using quality bodies from Talbot and engines from Hillman and Humber, they were effectively luxury fast-touring versions of the latter models and appealed to the well-to-do middle classes as something 'a little bit special'. The Sunbeam-Talbot 2-Litre was introduced in 1939 and was based on a stretched Sunbeam-Talbot Ten chassis with the 56bhp 1,944 cc sidevalve engine from the Humber Hawk and Hillman 14. Due to the advent of World War II, the 2-Litre was always quite a rare car although production recommenced once hostilities were over and continued until 1948 when it was replaced by the more streamlined Sunbeam-Talbot 90. In total just 1,306 were built in total (mainly saloons but with a scattering of four-seat tourers and drophead coupes) and survivors are exceedingly scarce. First registered in Peterborough in September 1947, this particular 2-Litre is a rare Drophead Coupe bodied by Abbott of London and is believed to be one of just 67 made. The car comes with an interesting history file going back to the late 1950s by which time it was in the Bournemouth area. It was acquired by the current owner about 5 years ago and has been gradually improved since that time. A retired aircraft engineer, the vendor has gone right through the car to get it driving properly and states that it is mechanically excellent. The engine was rebuilt by South Cerney Engineering of Swindon in 2011 at a cost of some 2,800 while the owner rebuilt the gearbox and much of the running gear himself  a relative doddle for a man more used to making parts for Concorde. A Kenlowe fan has also been fitted along with a new wiring loom. The interior has been smartened up as required and much of the brightwork has been rechromed. A new hood with the correct felt lining has also been fitted. The last remaining job was to get the paintwork improved here and there but unfortunately illness has intervened and it is with great regret that the owner is now forced to sell the car. With a current MOT and taxed until next March, the car comes with various restoration bills, an instruction manual and an assortment of technical literature relating to the model. A quantity of spares is also available by separate negotiation if desired (including two Humber Hawk engines in 2 and 2.3-litre capacities) but these will need to be collected from the Cheltenham area. Altogether a most rare and appealing coachbuilt coupe that is sure to attract much interest at vintage events.

Lot Details
Auction Classic Cars and Motorcycles
Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers,
Lot Number091
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Condition rating
Registration numberEG 7998
Chassis number386200
Engine number2720323
Engine capacity (cc)1944
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors