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Imperial War Museum Duxford

  Lot 6

1954 Sunbeam-Talbot 90 MKIIa Drophead Coupe

Estimated at £9,000 - £11,000

Lot details
Registration No: NWU 330
Chassis No: A3015479HC0
Mot Expiry: Exempt

- Finished in Grey and matched to a Grey interior

- Bodied by Thrupp & Maberley and displays 47,188 miles

- Current ownership since 2009 and subject to degree of re-commissioning

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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