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  • Dermot Gallagher posted an update 1 month ago

    The Sunbeam-Talbot 90 that was launched in 1948 was a very distinctive car. I thought it would be a worthy addition for illustrating but soon discovered there were four to choose from. The original Mk1 had spats over the rear wheels which didn’t attract me that much and obviously others thought the same as they were soon discarded on later generations of the model.
    Decision made, let’s do two, the later Mk3 and the one before that, the Mk2A. However, the customer had a beautifully preserved Mk2 and wanted an illustration. My Mk2A was close to his car but his had the wheel spats which he’d removed, so that wasn’t a problem. The front bumper was completely different with the front number plate hiding the hole for the starting handle. He said the number plate had a hinge which you swung down for access (the things you learn, eh?).
    Also, the wheels were different, the wing mirrors were on the front doors, the spotlights were gone and, while you’re at it, get rid of the corrugations in the seats…..seems straightforward, let’s do it. Oh, by the way, DON’T FORGET MY NUMBER PLATE! Another happy customer!