Talbot Sunbeam Lotus

The Talbot Sunbeam Lotus, was as it’s name suggests, based on the much maligned Talbot Sunbeam. Which to be honest wasn’t that good but after Talbot commissioned Lotus to develop a Rally Car (which won the 1981 WRC Championship) and the subsequent road going version.

So Lotus threw in a 2.2 litre engine, stiffer sports suspension and a few other bits ‘n’ bobs from their parts bin and delivered this. The road version had 150BHP, for which in 1979 was rather plentiful.