1954 Sunbeam Talbot

90 MKIIa Drophead Coupe

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1954
  • Mileage 
    47 188 mi / 75 942 km
  • Car type 
    Other
  • Chassis number 
    A3015479HC0
  • Engine number 
    A3015479HC0
  • Lot number 
    55206
  • Drive 
    RHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Number of doors 
    2
  • Number of seats 
    2
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Other
  • Gearbox 
    Manual
  • Drivetrain 
    2wd
  • Fuel type 
    Petrol

Description

Launched in July 1948, the Sunbeam-Talbot 90 was essentially a reworking of the company's pre-war 2-litre chassis design. However, the newcomer's adoption of overhead valve gear gave it a surprising turn of speed. Quick to capitalise, the Rootes competition department hastened the model's development. Thus, the 90 MKII of 1950 boasted not only a new chassis with independent front suspension but also a capacity increase to 2267cc. Driven by Stirling Moss, Desmond Scannell and John Cooper, a MKII finished second overall on the 1952 Monte Carlo Rally presaging the arrival of the faster, more powerful MKIIA. Equipped with bigger brakes and slotted wheels to assist cooling, the latter could be had in four-door Saloon or two-door Drophead Coupe guises. Bodied by Thrupp & Maberley, the `soft top' MKIIA proved to be the rarest `90' derivative. Finished in Grey matched to a Grey interior the sale example entered current ownership in 2009 and has been subject to degree of recommissioning which has included a new wiring harness, overhauled brakes and a new exhaust. Displaying 47,188 miles the vendor currently grades the engine, gearbox, paintwork and interior as `average'.

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