1954 Sunbeam Talbot 90 Drophead
attractive example of an older restoration up and running and just in
time for the autumn sunshine
By September 1950, the engine of the 90 had been
enlarged to 2,267 cc by increasing the bore from 75mm to 81mm. The 90 engine now
developed 70bhp and had a higher rear axle ratio for more comfortable cruising.
The favourable power-to-weight ratio meant that the Talbot provided impressive
acceleration for the age, especially given the improvements to the chassis which
incorporated independent front suspension using coil springs mounted on a
specially shaped new cross-member.
At this time, the front of the 90's body was modified
- the headlights being raised to meet international
Available in various body styles, perhaps the most glamerous
was the Drop Head Coupe as seen here, this example being the MkII version which
was first registered on 26th October 1951.
Registered OKL 127, its known history picks up in 1986
when it lived in Hearne Hill. It was painted black, with a black interior and
photos on file show it looking slightly scruffy enjoying a day out at the
The car was subsequently sold to a retired Colonel living in
Deal in 1996, who has been its registered keeper ever since.
and 2006, Supercars Garage in West Thurock undertook a comprehensive
restoration, with multiple photos and letters to the owner detailing the work
done. Suffice it to say, the car was in a poor state by now, with extensive
corrosion to the chassis and floor - all carefully patched and reparied as
necessary. The door bottoms were replaced and repair panels to the inner and
outer wings, bonnet, spare wheel cover carefully attended to and the car fully
stripped to bare metal, undercoated and resprayed Old English White on request
of its owner and retrimmed with a red interior.
2017, substantial additional work was undertaken with invoices for nearly
£4,000. This included a really thorough service and brake overhaul in June
and a full gearbox rebuild and new clutch in September - work under
taken by Rose Garage in Sandwich. There are various MOTs between 1979 and
The car is ready to go as it is or could be further tidied
to make a first-class example.For futher information, contact