1939 Sun­beamTal­bot four-litre sports sa­loon

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Buying & Selling -

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.

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