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1948-1957 Sunbeam-Talbot 80


The 1948-1957 Sunbeam Talbot 80 was the original small-displacement edition of the Sunbeam-Talbot 90. Powered by an 1185cc engine similar to that of the contemporary Hillman Minx, the Sunbeam-Talbot 80 was also made by the British Rootes Group.

Offered only for two years, all Sunbeam-Talbot 80s used the solid-axle front suspension; in other respects, it was identical to the Sunbeam-Talbot 90. Performance was predictably much less, however: The Sunbeam-Talbot 80 could reach no more than 70-75 mph maximum.

Pluses of the 1948-1957 Sunbeam-Talbot 80:
  • Solid chassis engineering
  • Rally-winner image
  • Neat, inoffensive styling
  • Stability and road manners

Minuses of the 1948-1957 Sunbeam-Talbot 80:

  • Not very fast
  • Parts in short supply
  • Seldom seen in the U.S.
  • Much less performance than the Sunbeam-Talbot 90

Production of the 1948-1957 Sunbeam-Talbot 80:
3,500

Specifications of the 1948-1957 Sunbeam-Talbot 80:
Wheelbase, inches: 97.5
Length, inches: 168.0
Weight, pounds: 2,525
Price, new: NA

Engines for the 1948-1957 Sunbeam-Talbot 80:

TypeSize
Horsepower
Years
ohv I-4 1,185 cc (72 cid)
47* 1948-1950

* Gross

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