Sunbeam-Talbot 90 MkII IIA
|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 Mk II got a new chassis with independent front suspension using coil springs. The engine was enlarged to 2267 cc. The increased engine block capacity was shared with the company's 1950 Humber Hawk, but in the cylinder head the Humber retained (until 1954) the old side-valve arrangement. The Sunbeam's cylinder head was changed to incorporate overhead valves, giving rise to a claimed power output of 70 bhp (52 kW), compared with only 58 bhp (43 kW) for the HumberThe favourable power-to-weight ratio meant that the Talbot could be "geared quite high" and still provide impressive acceleration where needed for "quick overtaking".
The front of the Talbot 90 body was modified; the headlights were higher and there were air inlet grilles on either side of the radiator
A Coupé version tested by The Motor magazine in 1952 had a top speed of 85.2 mph (137.1 km/h) and could accelerate from 0-60 mph (97 km/h) in 20.2 seconds. A fuel consumption of 22.5 miles per imperial gallon (12.6 L/100 km; 18.7 mpg-US) was recorded. The test car cost £1393 including taxes.
5493 were made.
Sunbeam-Talbot 90 MkIIA 1952–1954
The Mk IIA had a higher compression engine raising output to 77 bhp (57 kW). To cater for the higher speeds the car was now capable of, the brakes were enlarged and to improve brake cooling the wheels were pierced. The Talbot MkIIA coupe/convertible is regarded as the rarest of the Sunbeam Talbots.
The rear wheel spats were no longer fitted.
10,888 were made.
A Mk II was driven by Stirling Moss to take second place in the 1952 Monte Carlo Rally. A Sunbeam Mk III was outright winner of the 1955 Monte Carlo Rally.
In the James Bond novel.
A Sunbeam-Talbot 90 Coupe is Featured in Live And Let Die novel. Commander Strangways gives this car to Bond.