The Sunbeam Talbot 90 was launched in 1948 along with the smaller-engined Sunbeam-Talbot 80 but many features dated back to the pre war Sunbeam-Talbot 2 Litre. The body was completely new and available as a four-door saloon or two-door drophead coupé.
|Rapier Series I to V|
The Rapier's price was not low by any means, but because of its attention to detail, performance and general roadworthiness, it was at the time very much a car above the ordinary. In factors of safety, handling and performance the Rapier appealed to those who admired the Gran Turismo type of vehicle while for the average motorist it was is a car which had appeal because of its overall running economy and ease of maintenance.
1964 - 1968
Introduced in 1964, its soul was a V-eight version of the four-cylinder Sunbeam Alpine whose attractive open body dated from 1959.
1967 - 1972
The Sunbeam Stiletto is a rare car indeed, with only around 9000 being manufactured between 1967 and 1972. The first iterations were known as the 301 series, manufactured by the Rootes group.
|Rapier Fastback Coupe|
1967 - 1976
A decade after launch the Sunbeam Rapier had changed little externally, however all that was to change with the launch of the beautifully styled Fastback Coupe, which is today a highly sought after classic.
1977 - 1981
The Chrysler (as it then was) Sunbeam "hatch window" was introduced in 1977, and was evolved in a hurry from mainly Hillman Avenger components to produce a new model quickly.