1948-1957 Sunbeam Talbot 90

The 1948-1957 Sunbeam-Talbot 90 was a solid, graceful, British-built sports sedan that used many Humber components. The massive separate chassis had solid-axle front suspension through the end of the 1950 model year, after which it was changed to an independent design.

The body of the Sunbeam-Talbot 90 was a modern envelope in four-door sedan form, with a vertical grille, sweeping semi-integral front fenders, flush rear sides, and rounded contours. The original 1944cc overhead-valve four engine was enlarged to near 2.3 liters for 1951, and its power was boosted in later years.

Most Sunbeam-Talbot 90s had a column-mounted gearshift, but a floor-control conversion was offered later along with optional overdrive transmission. The Sunbeam-Talbot 90 was a product of the Rootes Group, which campaigned it very successfully on the European rally circuit in the '50s.

Pluses of the 1948-1957 Sunbeam-Talbot 90:

  • Solid chassis engineering
  • Rally-winner image
  • Neat, inoffensive styling
  • Stability and road manners

Minuses of the 1948-1957 Sunbeam-Talbot 90:

  • Not very fast
  • Parts in short supply
  • Seldom seen in the U.S.

Production of the 1948-1957 Sunbeam-Talbot 90:

  • Mark I: 4,000
  • Mark Il: 5,493
  • Mark IIa: 4,312 (1952; total 1952-1954 approximately 15,000)
  • Mark III: approximately 4,000

Specifications of the 1948-1957 Sunbeam-Talbot 90:
Wheelbase, inches: 97.5
Length, inches: 168.0
Weight, pounds: 2,725-2,925
Price, new: NA

Engines for the 1948-1957 Sunbeam-Talbot 90:

ohv I-4 1,944 cc (119 cid)
64* 1948-1951
ohv I-42,267 cc (138 cid) 70-85*1951-1957

* Gross

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