1938 Sunbeam-Talbot Ten Drophead CoupeSOLD

Drophead Coupe

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Registration No: GUB 667
Engine No: N1/1027
CC: 1141
Colour: Green / Black
Trim Colour: Green
MOT: None

Reference Number 141038

as of 10/21/2011

Car 1938 Sunbeam-Talbot Ten Drophead Coupe
VIN MRU8006 
Transmission Manual Shift 
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Known History

Like so many of its contemporaries, Sunbeam was a bicycle maker that evolved into a car manufacturer, and the Sunbeam Motor Company Ltd was created in 1905 to separate the two-wheel side of the business from the expanding four-wheel one. It survived with varying fortune until 1935, when the bankrupt remains were purchased by the Rootes brothers. From 1938, the products of the new regime were badged as Sunbeam-Talbots and the first of the new models was launched in August of that year. Dubbed the 10, it was effectively a stylishly rebodied version of the Group's fast-selling Hillman Minx. Its chassis was based on that of the Hillman Aero Minx, while its engine was the four-cylinder, sidevalve Minx unit of 1185cc topped by an alloy cylinder head. The gearbox was a four-speed manual unit and suspension was by semi-elliptic leaf springs all round. The newcomer was offered as a four-door Saloon, Drophead Coupe and four-seater Sports Tourer. Production of the 10 and other models was suspended during WW2 and then revived until the arrival of the new 80 and 90 ranges in 1948. The 10's 41bhp was reputedly sufficient to endow it with a top speed of a whisker under 70mph.


According to the Sunbeam Talbot Alpine Register (STAR), this particular example was initially laid down on 5th July 1938 before being ordered by agents Cox & Co Ltd of Leeds on 24th August 1938 and invoiced out on 1st September 1938. Sporting handsome Drophead Coupe coachwork by Abbotts of Farnham - who came into being in 1929 but are perhaps more famous for their '50s/'60s Ford Zephyr and Zodiac estate bodies - 'GUB 667' is one of just thirty such cars known to have survived (and indeed is the second oldest Sunbeam Talbot recorded by STAR). The vendor informs us that some fifteen years ago the four-seater was treated to a body off chassis restoration, at which point it was equipped with a new ash frame and hood, and rewired. These days, the Sunbeam-Talbot apparently "starts on the button" and has "good" bodywork, paintwork, trim, engine and gearbox. The brakes, however, "require some attention". The venerable 10 comes complete with original registration number but is not currently MOT'd.