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1980 Talbot Sunbeam LS [424]

1980 Talbot Sunbeam [424] in Shroud for a Nightingale, Mini-Series, 1984 IMDB Ep. 2

Class: Cars, Hatchback — Model origin: UK

1980 Talbot Sunbeam LS [424]

Position 00:30:23 [*] Background vehicle

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Sandie SX

2014-12-03 17:23

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Registration number: EYE 834V
✗ Untaxed
Tax due: 01 October 1993
Vehicle make TALBOT
Date of first registration 26 February 1980
Year of manufacture 1980
Cylinder capacity (cc) 928cc
Fuel type PETROL
Vehicle colour RED

ingo DE

2014-12-03 18:26

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In the background right a Fiat 131 Estate, behind the cl82-car a dsl/Weasel(and of course cl82-) Talbot Alpine and an Austin A30 or 35

cl82 DE

2014-12-04 18:33

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Excuse me if I ask, Ingo: Which car is supposed to be the cl82-car?

ingo DE

2014-12-04 20:59

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cl82 wrote Excuse me if I ask, Ingo: Which car is supposed to be the cl82-car?

Rootes-jewels. We even have two on them on this pic.

dsl SX

2014-12-04 22:40

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ingo wrote Rootes-jewels.

A good phrase ..... filed for future reference.

cl82 DE

2014-12-05 20:25

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:lol: Although the Talbot Sunbeam was -at least as far as I'm concerned- the most succeded of the final Talbots, much more attractive than the Horizon or the Solara, I still have to say that Rootes-jewels turned out to be rather made out of rhinestone...

-- Last edit: 2014-12-06 05:17:23

Sandie SX

2014-12-05 20:27

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Were rhinestones particularly prone to rust and rattling tappets, then?

-- Last edit: 2014-12-05 20:28:08

cl82 DE

2014-12-05 20:48

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No, but the other main ingredient of Rootes cars sadly was: Crunchy sills.

ingo DE

2014-12-05 21:24

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cl82 wrote :lol: Although the Talbot Sunbeam was -at least as far as I'm concerned- the most succeded of the final Talbots, much more attractive than the Horzon or the Solara, I still have to say that Rootes-jewels turned out to be rather made out of rhinestone...

You know, that the Talbot Sunbeam is nothing more than an updressed hardcore-dsl-car, an Avenger? The oily bits are mainly the same.

Sandie SX

2014-12-05 21:34

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A shortened Avenger with an Imp engine. Parts bin engineering at its best (or should that be worst?).

dsl SX

2014-12-05 22:18

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They made over 200,000 of these beauties - a cheap bit of parts bin engineering, but very effective in the market place.

-- Last edit: 2014-12-06 20:02:38

Sandie SX

2014-12-05 22:32

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Here's a couple I saw at a show earlier this year:
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dsl SX

2014-12-05 22:46

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I've just started drooling on my keyboard again, especially at the black one ..... where's that nurse gone?!? Blue one is April 80 1.3 Trio edition.

cl82 DE

2014-12-06 19:32

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@Ingo/Sandie: Yes, I`ve read about that, but I was actually rather referring to the looks of the car (wasn`t it a Roy Axe-design?)because all circumstances of the car`s development considered- lack of time, total lack of funds- I think it still looks rather neat and distinct, especially compared to its successor, the even more half-baked Talbot Samba. If we didn`t know the car`s background history we probably couldn`t really tell its close relationship to the Hunter at first glance, that`s how well the design worked. On the other hand I`m rather not entitled to pass judgmement on this Talbot because I have no idea whether it was able to prove itself in practice. Moreover, I`ve even never seen one "in the flesh". The final examples of most of the other Simca/Talbot-cars were still around when I was a kid in the late 80s although vanishing very fast, but not this one. At least the Lotus-version managed to win the Rallye Championship IIRC.

-- Last edit: 2014-12-19 01:04:26

dsl SX

2014-12-06 20:15

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A good history of the Sunbeam. Yes - it was a Roy Axe design - developed from start to finish in 19 months, and saved Linwood from closure for 4-5 years. It was a simple but effective car, easy to drive with well-proven oily bits - we had 2 and never had problems - my mum's favourite cars from all the Rootes/Simca/Chrysler stuff she had. Popular for driving schools and police panda use, which is usually a good indication of reliability. And a capable platform for development into the Ti and Lotus.

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