1939 SunbeamTalbot four-litre sports saloon
It’s anybody’s guess when an example of this model last appeared at auction, so it was a real treat to spend a bit of time poring over this stunner at Brightwells.
Effectively a re-worked Humber Super Snipe, this upper-crust Rootes model’s history can be traced all the way back to when its original owner bought it from the Rootes showroom in Piccadilly, London and took it home to Australia.
A decade later it was back in the northern hemisphere, travelling 4500 miles all the way across mainland Europe. Several owners and several decades later it was restored, the work being finished in 1991. In 2011, it landed back in the UK – and it has clearly continued to be well cared-for. The paint is deep and tidy bar some swirl marks, while the big doors line up nicely, and open and close well.
The engine bay and interior are lovely, although the original leather seat facings have replaced by blue vinyl.
That aside, this is a humdinger of a prestige pre-war British saloon that is every bit as appealing and with as much presence as any ‘Derby’ Bentley.