1981 Talbot Sunbeam-Lotus Hatchback  Chassis no. T4DCYAL306337 Engine no. T4DCYAL306337

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Lot 367
1981 Talbot Sunbeam-Lotus Hatchback
Registration no. NKR 551W Chassis no. T4DCYAL306337 Engine no. T4DCYAL306337

£ 14,000 - 16,000
US$ 19,000 - 22,000
Amended
1981 Talbot Sunbeam-Lotus Hatchback
Registration no. NKR 551W
Chassis no. T4DCYAL306337
Engine no. T4DCYAL306337

Footnotes

  • In its quest to develop a rally car to challenge Ford's Escort, Chrysler Corporation followed the tried and tested formula and installed a relatively large engine in a compact, lightweight bodyshell to create the 'Sunbeam-Lotus'. Development had started before Chrysler sold its European interests in 1978 and continued under new owners Peugeot, who revived the moribund Talbot brand for its UK-built models. A 'homologation special' the Sunbeam-Lotus used the latter firm's 2.2-litre, 16-valve twin-cam engine, which was coupled to a ZF five-speed gearbox. Around 150bhp was claimed in road trim with up to 240 horsepower available in Group 2 specification. Prototypes first appeared in competition in 1978, Tony Pond scoring the first major success with 2nd place in the Mille Pistes, a result he repeated in 1979. A more ambitious campaign was undertaken in 1980 when two cars were fielded for drivers Henri Toivonen and Guy Frequelin, the highlight of which was Toivonen's victory in the RAC Rally. Toivonen and Frequelin were retained for 1981, their one outright win and five 2nd places being good enough to earn Talbot the World Championship for Makes. Despite these successes Peugeot then scaled down the Sunbeam-Lotus effort, preferring to concentrate on developing the new four-wheel drive Peugeot 205 Turbo 16. Only 2,308 Sunbeam Lotus models were made before production came to an end in 1981, of which 1,184 were right-hand drive. It is estimated that only around 80 survive in roadworthy condition and all are becoming increasingly sought after today.

    This particular car is a Series 1 model that was first registered in January 1981 and is finished in the classic colour scheme of Embassy Black with silver stripes. The car was treated to a full restoration in 2005 with bills on file amounting to some £20,000, much of the work being carried out by Simon Robinson of Darlington. This included rebuilding the engine and gearbox, the former receiving a new set of pistons and putting out a respectable 148bhp as the accompanying Skip Brown dynamometer printout confirms. Up-rated front disc brakes with four-pot callipers have been fitted together with coil-over front suspension for improved roadholding. Since the restoration was completed, the car has only covered some 3,000 road miles and has not been raced or rallied. It is supplied with all its original handbooks and a large history file including a quantity of expired MoTs dating back to 1988 at 44,700 miles, the current indicated total being 68,798 miles. Offered with current MoT and V5 registration document, the car is described as in excellent condition throughout and is said to handle beautifully.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note this car includes a Vehicle Test Certificate - the Irish equivalent of an MOT.
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1981 Talbot Sunbeam-Lotus Hatchback  Chassis no. T4DCYAL306337 Engine no. T4DCYAL306337
1981 Talbot Sunbeam-Lotus Hatchback  Chassis no. T4DCYAL306337 Engine no. T4DCYAL306337
1981 Talbot Sunbeam-Lotus Hatchback  Chassis no. T4DCYAL306337 Engine no. T4DCYAL306337
1981 Talbot Sunbeam-Lotus Hatchback  Chassis no. T4DCYAL306337 Engine no. T4DCYAL306337
1981 Talbot Sunbeam-Lotus Hatchback  Chassis no. T4DCYAL306337 Engine no. T4DCYAL306337
1981 Talbot Sunbeam-Lotus Hatchback  Chassis no. T4DCYAL306337 Engine no. T4DCYAL306337
1981 Talbot Sunbeam-Lotus Hatchback  Chassis no. T4DCYAL306337 Engine no. T4DCYAL306337
1981 Talbot Sunbeam-Lotus Hatchback  Chassis no. T4DCYAL306337 Engine no. T4DCYAL306337
1981 Talbot Sunbeam-Lotus Hatchback  Chassis no. T4DCYAL306337 Engine no. T4DCYAL306337
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