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1938 Sunbeam Talbot 10.

Two more car photos from the early 1960s sent over by Bonny open this page for the Sunbeam Talbot 10. His car was a 1938 saloon, registration CFH 485, and this fine machine was his first car purchase. He paid 110 GBP for it in 1960, and it didn't take long before he realised that it was a little under-powered for the North Devon roads. Finished in a two-tone paint scheme, it certainly looked the part though, and with its leather upholstery and sunshine roof, provided comfortable - if rather sedate - transportation.
It was put on the road in November 1938, which fits with its (Gloucester) registration number, and Bonny believes that it could have been one of the first cars built after the merger of Sunbeam and Talbot in the same year. At its launch, the four-door "Ten" was priced at 265 GBP and, according to the adverts of the time, offered "Unequalled appearance ~ Great comfort ~ Sensible luggage space ~ High performance ~ Remarkable economy". Potential buyers could make a beeline for stand 143 at the 1938 Earl's Court motor show and see it for themselves on the factory's stand.
The first photo shows Bonny with his immaculate steed, outside a hotel in Ilfracombe, Whit 1960.
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1938 Sunbeam Talbot
Photograph number two is a colour slide of the same car, also in 1960 but this time near Chilmark. There are a few subtle differences. Although it could be the scan, I think the registration plate may have been re-painted, and an AA badge now adorns the grille. There's also an extra sticker or sign in the windscreen, alongside the tax disc.
Colour view of the same car
In addition to the saloon, buyers visiting their local dealership in 1938/39 may also have been tempted by the Sports Tourer (250 GBP) or, smartest of all, the desirable Foursome Drophead Coupe (285 GBP). An example of the latter can be seen on the cover of Practical Motorist magazine, July 23rd 1938, shown below.
Sunbeam Talbot 10 Foursome Drophead Coupe
Thanks for sending over the photos.

A post-war Ten.

The Sunbeam Talbot Ten was one of many cars that were built both pre-war, and also for a brief time after WW2, until new models were ready for production. In the Ten's case, it was to be the Sunbeam Talbot 80 that replaced it, in 1948.
The following pair of photos were sent over by David Hunt (thanks!), they show the post-war Ten that his father had agreed to deliver to the South of France, on behalf of its owner - the Earl of Westmorland no less. It's registration is JLA 400, a post-war London issue first used in July 1947, from a time when the supply of brand new cars was severely restricted. Note the old-style street lamp in the background of his first photograph.
1947 Sunbeam Talbot 10
Another view of the Ten while parked. The car behind it belonged to David's father, a 1935 Standard Flying 14 reg. EHT 195.
Another view of the Sunbeam Talbot Ten
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Other cars from the S-T stable that feature elsewhere on the site, include this old shot of a 1939 3-litre saloon.

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