Ok - after the RM exotica fest on Wednesday night where unless you have got a six figure budget there is no point travelling to Battersea - it's time to get back to earth - Kings Lynn in fact...
..which is where Anglia Auctions will be hosting an auction this saturday. Among the sub 10k morsels - I have noticed a couple of oddball cheap historic regularity/rally cars from VW and Lancia on offer and also this rather appealing slightly dog eared Talbot Lotus Sunbeam.
I have a particular affinity for these cars - as a 10 year old I watched the legend that was Henri Toivonen beat all the Ford works stars in his works Lotus Sunbeam - the angles that he got that car to drive at made Vatanen look conservative in his driving style...
A subsequent passenger ride in a local rally driver's road Lotus sunbeam by the name of Colin Short - sealed my affinity for this hooligan car of choice.
As an obnoxious 15 year old - I insisted my mother took the left field company car choice - and bought a series 2 moonstone blue Talbot Sunbeam Lotus - with Skip Brown Exhaust/LSD and Minilite copies. Practicing driving at Eelmoor driving centre overtaking nervous learners in Micras was a monthly passion to be indulged every month on weekends home from school. (As a 15 year old driving to and from the driving centre without a licence nor my mother's permission would probably be a hanging offence today)
Anyway - the car on offer below seems
1981 LOTUS SUNBEAM - Lot 69
Recently unearthed from long term storage. The vendor describes the car as a good solid example that runs and drives but will probably require some degree of recommissioning. The car displays 57594 on the odometer and has an extensive service history record
if you really want a Sunbeam Lotus - go here - http://www.sunbeamlotus.com/the-club/cars-for-sale
Henri Toivonen Talbot Lotus Sunbeam video below: