Bonhams | 2018-06-03 | Greenwich Concours d'Elegance Auction | Venue : 100 Arch Street, Greenwich, CT 06830
Lot No. : 104
Year : 1939
Engine Size : -
Chassis No. : #129200
Estimate : US$ 20,000 - 30,000
US$ 26,880
Sunbeam-Talbot 2-Liter Sports Tourer Sold


1,944cc Side-valve Inline 4-Cylinder Engine
Single Carburetor
36bhp at 3,800rpm
4-Speed Manual Transmission
Leaf Spring Suspension
4-Wheel Drum Brakes
*Previously owned by the Cunningham Family
*Charming little British Roadster
*Rare, one-year-only model
*Lovely open-top touring car with 2-liter power
Sunbeam, Talbot and Darracq in a sense encapsulates the history of the automobile in Great Britain in the first four decades of the 20th century as domestic manufacturers teamed up with French designers to take advantage of the innovations and refinements flowing from France, then the leader in automobile design and performance. Over time, however, the British developed their own talents, but the names persisted. Sunbeam-Talbot's name first appeared on a car - the 10hp Sports Saloon - in 1938. The latter had been first introduced as the Talbot 10 at the 1935 London Motor Show and was based on a lengthened version of the Hillman Aero Minx's under-slung chassis. Hailed by its makers as 'Britain's Most Exclusive Light Car', the new Sunbeam-Talbot Ten had been re-engineered by Chief Designer Georges Roesch, whose brief had been to extract more power from the engine and provide sufficient room for four passengers, objectives achieved by moving the engine and gearbox forward by 3½ and equipping the Minx motor with an aluminum cylinder head. Introduced in 1939, the Sunbeam-Talbot 2-Liter was was based on the Ten, though it used the 1,944cc side-valve engine from the Hillman 14 (later Humber Hawk). Due to the advent of World War II, few were produced.
This charming little 1939 Sunbeam-Talbot 2-Liter Sports Tourer is a fully-British design, with a two-liter four-cylinder engine and 4-seat open coachwork that is both attractive and practical. This is a beautiful car finished in red with a black interior and top. In addition to its lovely chrome radiator grille it has dual horns, a central driving light, steel wheels, wide whitewall tires, hubcaps, and a folding windshield. Rarely seen in the U.S, the car sports good paint, solid chrome, and sound upholstery and interior trim. This Sunbeam-Talbot resided for many years at the late, legendary racing driver, sportsman and car manufacturer, Mr. Briggs Swift Cunninham's Greens Farms, CT based estate, among some incredible Cunningham motorcars.

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