The 1938 Talbot 3-Litre Sports Tourer is a luxury sports car produced by the Sunbeam-Talbot company. Sunbeam-Talbot was a manufacturer with a short lifespan, created after Rootes's acquisition of both Sunbeam and Talbot in the 1930s. The Sunbeam-Talbot 3-Litre would, in fact, be one of the last cars to bear the illustrious Sunbeam-Talbot name, however the new model certainly lived up to the reputation of the company for well-engineered and high-quality motor cars. Launched at the 1937 Olympia Motor Show, the new model impressed, thanks to its 3.181 ccm engine with alloy cylinder heads, providing excellent performance even from low speeds, and its four-speed synchromesh gearbox.
At the heart of the 1938 Talbot 3-Litre Sports Tourer is a 3-liter, inline six-cylinder engine that delivered around 80 horsepower. This engine is mated to a four-speed manual transmission that featured synchromesh on all gears, allowing for smooth and precise gear changes.
The Talbot 3-Litre Sports Tourer's exterior design is elegant and sophisticated, with its long hood, short rear deck, and curved fenders. It features a unique grille and a chrome bumper that wrapped around the front of the car. The car also has a convertible top that can be easily removed, allowing for open-air driving.
One of the most innovative features of the 1938 Talbot 3-Litre Sports Tourer is its independent front suspension. This suspension system allows for improved handling and stability, making the Talbot 3-Litre Sports Tourer a joy to drive on winding roads. The car also features hydraulic brakes on all four wheels, which provided excellent stopping power.
Inside, the 1938 Talbot 3-Litre Sports Tourer is a luxurious car. It features a wood-trimmed dashboard with a full set of gauges, and comfortable leather seats.
Sunbeam-Talbot produced only eleven of 3-Litre Sports Tourers before ending production in 1939.
Today, the 1938 Talbot 3-Litre Sports Tourer is a sought-after classic car. Its elegant design, powerful engine, and innovative features make it a popular choice among collectors and enthusiasts. It is a reminder of the innovative spirit of Talbot-Lago and a testament to the company's contribution to the automotive industry.
Only 11 sport tourer-bodied examples were ever completed, and only two are known to survive today. Chassis 8577 was bodied as a tourer by well-renowned coachbuilders Whittingham & Mitchel of Putney and delivered new to Rootes Export Division on 29 July 1938, indicating that it is possible that the car was delivered new to Portugal. Today this car is a rare survivor of immediate pre-war British car production and is eminently usable today, thanks to the quality of the original design.
|Engine||3.181 ccm, 81 PS, I6|
|Steering||Right Hand Drive|
|Layout||Rear Wheel Drive|
|Color - exterior||Light Blue / Dark Blue|
|Color - interior||Black|
|Miles/Kilometers shown||674 mls|
|Chassis / VIN||8577|
|Location - Country||Czechia|
|Location - City||Hradec Kralove|
2-door Sports Tourer body type; RWD (rear-wheel drive), manual 4-speed gearbox; gasoline (petrol) engine with displacement: 3181 cm3, advertised power: 60.5 kW / 80 hp / 81 PS (brake)