Sunbeam-Talbot 90 MK I
|Body style||4-door saloon 2-door drophead coupé|
|Engine||1944 cc Straight-4 till 1952 2267 cc Straight-4 from 1952|
|Wheelbase||97.5 in (2,477 mm)|
|Length||167.5 in (4,255 mm)|
|Width||62.5 in (1,588 mm)|
|Height||59 in (1,499 mm)|
The Sunbeam Talbot 90 was a sporting car built by the Rootes Group in Ryton Coventry under their Sunbeam-Talbot brand.
The car was launched in 1948 along with the smaller-engined Sunbeam-Talbot 80 but many features dated back to the pre war Sunbeam-Talbot Ten. The body was completely new and available as a four-door saloon or two-door drophead coupé. The saloon featured a "pillarless" join between the glass on the rear door and the rear quarter window.
The car went through three versions before the name was changed to Sunbeam MkIII (without "Talbot") in 1954. It was the last car to bear the Sunbeam-Talbot name.
The original version had a 64 bhp (48 kW) 1,944 cc side-valve four-cylinder engine derived from a pre-war Humber unit carried over from the Sunbeam-Talbot 2-Litre. The chassis was derived from the Ten model but with wider track and had beam axles front and rear and leaf springs. The brakes were updated to have hydraulic operation. Saloon and Drophead coupé bodies were fitted to the chassis and the rear wheel openings were covered by metal "spats".
4000 were made.