Sunbeam is one of Britain's oldest marques. It built its first 4-wheel vehicle in 1901. The wheels were arranged in a diamond pattern but Sunbeam soon became conventional, merging with [British] Talbot and Daracq in 1920 and establishing many land speed records in the late Twenties. It became part of Rootes Group in the Depression. After the war survival became paramount. The Sunbeam-Talbot 80 emphasized economy with a 1,185cc 47hp four; the upscale Sunbeam-Talbot 90's four-cylinder engine grew to 2,267cc and 70 horsepower. Sedate but comfortable, the Sunbeam-Talbot 90 was an appealing combination of comfort, four-passenger accommodations and distinctive design accented by multi-color liveries. This 1953 Sunbeam-Talbot 90 Drophead Coupe is liveried in an eye-catching combination of cream, blue and blue-green with green leather upholstery and a green cloth top and boot. The standard column shift for the 4-speed gearbox has been converted to more desirable floor change and it has Lucas driving lights, hubcaps, black wall tires, fender mirrors, a heater and turn signals. Aside from cosmetic updating it remains in largely original condition and is a pretty, rare car. Most importantly to today's collectors, it is left-hand drive so it is readily driven on North American roads. It is sure to be a star at British car shows and a distinctive ride on weekends and tours.
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