Car Albums
Rootes Group
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Sunbeam Cars
John Marston set up the Sunbeam Cycle factory in Wolverhampton in 1877, and marketed his first Sunbeam-badged car in 1901. The Sunbeam Motor Company was formed as a separate company in 1905 and car production really began. From France and also from the British Hillman company Louis Coatalen joined Sunbeam as their chief designer and saw to it that Sunbeam built its own components rather than buying outside. Under Coatelen Sunbeam went racing and even broke the Land Speed Record, but in 1920 they merged with Automobiles Darracq who already owned Sunbeam Motor Car Co and STD ('Sunbeam-Talbot-Darracq') was formed. The STD group did well with the Talbot brand but as a whole the group fell into bankruptcy in 1935. The Rootes brothers purchased Sunbeam and Talbot whilst the Darracq outfit in France went to Anthony Lago who called his cars 'Talbot-Lago'. The Rootes brothers rebranded Sunbeam Cars as 'Sunbeam-Talbot' from 1938, but finally reverted to just 'Sunbeam' from 1955. Subsequent Sunbeams were re-badged Hillmans with tuned engines and sporting bodywork until 1976 when the final Sunbeam badge was used up. But in 1977 'Sunbeam' became a model instead of a brand and appeared on the Chrysler Sunbeam hatchback, which was then rebranded 'Talbot Sunbeam' 1979-81.
a_Sunbeam Alpine 1953 badge
Sunbeam Alpine - grille badge
aa_Sunbeam 24-60 1923 Landaulet plate
Sunbeam 24-60 1923 Landaulet. Sunbeam also had their own coachbuilding department, as well the Darracq body building outfit
aa_Sunbeam Alpine Series II badge
Sunbeam Alpine Series II - bonnet badge
aa_Sunbeam Twenty 1935 badge
Sunbeam Twenty 1935 - badge on grille
Sunbeam 14 and 14/40
Sunbeam Sixteen 16.9 and 18.2
Sunbeam Twenty, 20.9, 23.8
Sunbeam Twenty-Five (23.8)
Sunbeam Dawn
Sunbeam Alpine 1953-55.
Sunbeam Alpine Series I to V
Sunbeam Rapier
Sunbeam Imp and Sunbeam Stiletto
Sunbeam Tiger 1964-68
Chrysler (Talbot) Sunbeam
Sunbeam-Talbot Cars
Sunbeam-Talbot-Darracq 1920-1938
key text:  This is the page introducing Simons love of cars from the website  RedSimon which is a series of photo albums of Simon GP Geoghegan.
The names of Pinin, Farina, and Pininfarina are also considered
There are also notes on Pininfarina
as well as the car maker
and links tothat car maker
see also my Picasa car albums
withe even more on RedSimon
Simon is also a contributor to SuperCars.Net
And also to Wikipedia
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