Auction date for rare 1980 road car which is still “brand new”
A “time warp” hot hatch which has covered only 193 miles since being built in 1980 will be open to offers at Silverstone Auctions on November 16th 2014.
The left-hand drive Talbot Lotus Sunbeam is in immaculate condition and has never been registered.
It was found in a large private collection in Italy and is finished with Embassy Black paint and silver decals.
The Talbot Lotus Sunbeam was inspired by a racing car that competed in International Group 4 Rallying and won the 1980 Lombard-RAC event.
Silverstone Auctions says the road-going car was considered quick and balanced in its day. It was, however, more expensive than the comparable Ford Escort RS2000 and the Vauxhall Chevette HS.
Presented in “factory standard” specification, the hot hatch will be supplied with a new MOT and accompanied by its handbook and service book. The estimated sale price is between £24,000 and £28,000. The vendor describes it as being in “perfect running order”.
Silverstone Auctions Managing Director, Nick Whale, said: “It’s incredibly rare to discover a historic car that is ‘brand new’ - but this is exactly what we have here. Sitting in this amazing example takes you right back to the late 70s and early 80s and the early days of the hot hatchback
“This really is a time warp car, immaculately preserved. Nothing has been modified and this must surely be the only unregistered, and lowest mileage, Talbot Lotus Sunbeam in existence.”