1950 Sunbeam Talbot 80 Convertible


• 1 previous keeper 
• Beautifully presented 
• Original interior
• Low mileage

The Background 

Launched together in 1948 was the Sunbeam 80 and 90, with the 90 being fitted with the 1944 cc engine, and the 80 given the 1185 cc which produced 47 bhp at 4,800 rpm. Being a early car it features headlights that were fitted lower than the later models and spats that fully enclose the rear wheels.

The model  was available as either a saloon or a drophead coupe, which were coachbuilt by Thrupp & Maberly. The MK1 80 was produced until 1950 when the MKII was introduced. This has made the MK1 80 a quite sought after vehicle, with approximately 3,500 being made the majority being saloons. The Sunbeam Talbot Alpine Register list only eight convertible 80 coupes.  

The History

With regards to the history of this Sunbeam Talbot, the vendor has owned the car for 21 years, it had one previous  owner, but there isn’t really any history. For the last eleven years the car has been in dry storage.
Coming from its previous home the vehicle was in a solid state, with just some light cosmetic marks and a couple of dings dotted about which have gathered over its 71 year existence. 

These have now recently  been taken care of, and the solid black paint work is now in stunning condition, capable of holding its own at any classic event. The 80 also received a full mechanical inspection, with any parts fitted which needed to be replaced, and to top it off, even though it’s not needed, the car was put through an MOT test, which it passed with no advisories.   
There is the V5 present and shows 1 change of address, the previous V5 is also supplied.
The owner recalls fitting a new differential and replacing the clutch in about 2009, prior to the car being stored.
As mentioned, unfortunately the other paperwork is the small amount of mechanical work  which came with the vehicle other than the current MOT certificate which is valid until 25th October 2022

The Paperwork

There is the V5 present and shows 1 previous keeper. 

As mentioned, unfortunately there is no other paperwork which came with the vehicle other than the current MOT certificate which is valid until 25th October 2022. 

The Interior

Inside, the Talbot 80 looks to be mainly the original interior, which does show some signs of patina as you would expect for 71 years old. It's just nicely worn in. There are no splits to the seats other than some age related cracking to the leather on both the front seats and the rear seat. 

The driver’s seat squab is slightly darker than the rest, maybe someone has tried to restore the colour at some point. The door cards are in the same condition as the seats, with the windows working as they should. 

The dashboard looks to have been repainted, but is in keeping with the interior. It features the original, deco style instruments which are reported to be working as they should, apart from the clock which would need some attention. The odometer is showing a reading of 60,642 miles. The switches have some patina as to be expected. 

The white steering wheel is in good order, and has the switch for the Semaphore side indicators which is working as it should, although the passenger side does stick a little, possibly because of lack of use. 

The carpets are in very good condition with no signs of excessive wear, these may have been replaced at some point. Inside of the convertible roof is in a good clean condition. There is some wear to the rear window runners mounted to the roof, but nothing that causes any issues with the windows operating.  

Into the boot, and this is clean throughout with no signs of any corrosion under the rubber mat floor protector. It looks to have been coated in stone-guard to protect the inside. 

The Exterior

Certainly pleasing on the eye, the curves and elegant shape of this 50’s classic are in excellent condition. The Sunbeam has had a respray at some point, and then a refresh by the seller to remove some light dings and restore the coachwork to the stunning condition you see here. 
From the front of the Talbot there are just a few small stone chips to be seen. There is some slight age related tarnishing to the bumper, and the driver’s side spot light does have a small crack in it. 

The headlights are in good order with the chrome surrounds nice and bright, and from a safety point of view, a set of period looking indicators have been fitted. The grille is in excellent condition with the bars all aligning straight, and meeting the grille is the bonnet which also aligns as it should with the wings. 
Around to the flanks and wow! The doors look to align as they should, with a nice even panel gap, the solid black paintwork looks stunning. The chrome trim around the windows has some very light tarnishing to it, and the door handles are in good order. As mentioned, the Semaphore indicators pop out on the driver’s side. The passenger side tries but doesn’t fully extend without a little help, this may just need some lubrication. 
At the rear, like the rest of the vehicle, the boot lid looks to align as it should. The bumper is in good condition and like some of the other chromework there is just some light pitting to the boot handle, as expected for the original equipment. There have been some indicators fitted to the rear, just like the front, purely for safety reasons. 
The convertible roof is in nice condition with no splits or tears. It closes up nice and tight and looks to have a good seal against the windscreen frame. The rear window is also in good condition with minimal marks to it. The wheels are painted in black and finished with a chrome hubcap, which are all in good order. The B.F. Goodrich Silvertown white wall tyres have a good amount of tread remaining for the new keeper.   

The Mechanics

Fitted with a 1185 cc engine, the Talbot 80 starts up with the first turn of the key and sounds just as it should, with no unwanted noises coming from the engine bay. The 80 has been given a mechanical check over which has included resetting the points, the engine oil replaced and other fluids checked and topped up as required. All the grease points have been greased and there has been an overall check of the running gear. 
The front brake shoes have been re-lined, and the front brake cylinders replaced along with the master cylinder. This work has ensured that the Talbot comes to a halt as it should.
The drive in the vehicle is reported to be as it should. With new shock absorber front bushes and a track rod end fitted, everything feels as it should, and the car pulls well through the column shift 4- speed gearbox.   

The Appeal 

A 1950 classic which has had 1 previous keeper, it's not very often you can say that about a vehicle which is 71 years old. Many consider the 80 coupe is the most elegant Rootes manufactured model ever, and now extremely rare. The car  offers a roomy drophead coupe with quiet running and effortless control. With 47 bhp, the car's performance can be described as brisk and handles well for a car from this era. 
This Sunbeam Talbot 80 has had the coachwork finished to an extremely high standard and is now ready to be proudly enjoyed by it’s new custodian, will it be you?

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1950
  • Make Sunbeam-Talbot
  • Model 80
  • Colour Black
  • Odometer 60,642 Miles
  • Engine size 1185
  • Town Wigan
  • Location Lancashire
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
8 bids from 6 bidders
  • Au•••• £15,250 21/01/22
  • ya•••• £15,000 17/01/22
  • da•••• £13,000 15/01/22
  • Da•••• £12,000 15/01/22
  • da•••• £10,000 13/01/22
  • fa•••• £8,100 13/01/22
  • da•••• £8,000 13/01/22
  • +f•••• £2,000 12/01/22

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