Sunbeam-Talbot derived its hyphenated name from an even more complicated history that included Sunbeam -- a British manufacturer that traced its origins to the late nineteenth century -- the French Talbot marque that eventually became better known as Talbot-Lago, and Darracq, another French company that had a distinct family tree in Britain. The three merged unsuccessfully in the Thirties, and then were bought by Rootes Group which continued the marque as Sunbeam-Talbot in the years before and after WWII. Models were based on Hillman chassis but with distinct 1944cc overhead valve engines with 64 horsepower and attractively styled envelope bodies, headlights set low in the front fenders, vertical grilles and comfortable four-seat bodies. Only a few were imported to the US -- something like 120 of them in 1950 -- and their left-hand drive examples are few and far between. This 1950 Sunbeam-Talbot 90 is the Mk I model with 1944cc engine, column shift 4-speed transmission and adaptable four-seat tourer coachwork. It is a largely original car in cream yellow with red vinyl upholstery and interior trim, beige cloth top, semaphore turn indicators, heater and chrome hubcaps on painted steel wheels with black wall tires. The body has been repainted and the interior and top redone but otherwise it is a sound, complete and largely original car that is solid and shows no evidence of being mistreated or neglected. The trunk has a drop-down fitted tray with a jack, tire pump, engine crank, wheel nut brace and grease gun. A charming and attractive car, this Sunbeam-Talbot 90 Mk I Tourer is a rare example of the British motor industry's recovery after the war and its drive to develop cars attractive in the North American market.
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