Talbot Samba LS

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A characterful Talbot Samba LS with just 37,278 miles from new.

EQUIPMENT
Twin bodyside tapes, driver’s remote static door mirror, load adjustable halogen headlamps, electric screen wash, tailgate wash/wipe, heated rear window, side window demisters, cigar lighter, quartz clock, centre console, trip recorder, felt load space covering, 2-speed heater/blower, front seat head restraints, removable fold down rear seat, driver and passenger fascia parcel shelf, rear parcel shelf, courtesy light. Dealer options; S spec alloy wheels, mud flaps, driving lamps.

EXTERIOR
This very rare Talbot Samba LS based on the Peugeot 104 and Citroen LNA was manufactured by the PSA Group at the former Simca factory in Poissy, France. Finished in Jonquil (Jaune Camargue – code CJ), the paintwork presents well with only minor imperfections and evidence of remedial cosmetic work undertaken. All trim sections, decals and badges are in excellent order and the supplying dealer number plates and rear screen sticker remain with the car. A sporting rally style is achieved with the addition of spot lamps and Samba S alloy wheels, a revision easily reversed should personal taste dictate! Structurally excellent, this quirky dare to be different is your perfect entry level useable classic.

INTERIOR
The interior of this low mileage example is spotlessly clean and surprisingly very comfortable. The original Havana Chequers seat trim is remarkably wear free with no discolouration or fading and just one miniscule nick to the passenger base. The simplistic dashboard is virtually perfect and houses sparse but fully functional controls, gauges and switchgear, all with the typical 1980’s French plastic feel! A straight and uncut rear parcel shelf is present and rises with the hatch as intended. A Mountney sports steering wheel has been fitted but the original item is retained with the car. The boot area is clean and houses the original wheel brace and jack. A capable modern classic interior with an abundance of character!

ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
Fitted with the time proven 954cc four cylinder PSA XV engine with a power output of 44bhp, this economical supermini benefits from shared mechanicals with its Peugeot and Citroen siblings to ensure ease of upkeep. A very clean engine bay neatly houses the spare wheel and features factory stickers and plates clear to see. The four speed all synchromesh gearbox is light and slightly vague, exactly as Talbot made them!

WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
Five upgrade Samba S alloys wheels are shod in matching branded 155/70 R13 tyres with excellent tread. The bright white wheels are complimented by Talbot embossed mud flaps to complete the rally theme. Dual circuit brakes with 240mm front discs and 180mm rear drums offer ample stopping power.

HISTORY FILE
Supplied new by Peugeot Talbot Main Dealer Triangle of Hull , this example was registered new on 25th May 1983 and has covered a mere 37,278 miles from new. A new vehicle sales invoice made out to first owner Mr C E Shirbon Esq illustrates a purchase price of £3,695 less a part exchange allowance of £350 for a Simca GLS saloon! The fantastic history file features the original factory build cards and Carte Identification along with the Talbot CertiCarte card. The vehicle book packs and guides are all present along with the service record containing a number of supplying dealer stamps and another recent entry dated June 2015 with only 30 miles covered since. A collection of MOT certificates and an original spare set of keys complete the history file.

Fun, frugal and exuding personality, dare to be different with this cheeky little Samba!

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Talbot Matra Rancho

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An incredibly rare and versatile Talbot Matra Rancho with just 34,590 miles from new.

EQUIPMENT
Moulded bumpers, body side protection, front crash bar, laminated windscreen, tinted glass, two speed wipers, locking petrol cap, tailgate wash/wipe, heated rear window, sliding rear windows, halogen headlamps, auxiliary driving lamps, roof rack, cigar lighter, split tailgate, inertia reel seatbelts, Veglia clock.  Dealer fit options; Additional revolving search lamps.

EXTERIOR
This remarkable survivor is a testament to the pioneering vision of Talbot to create arguably the worlds first sports utility and family saloon hybrid.  This brilliant Rancho is finished in Talbot White and presents amazingly well with a bright uniform shine.  All trim sections and rugged body mouldings are intact and in excellent order, as is the glass.  The optional extra and impossible to source, scuttle mounted search lamps, are intact although one has a small crack in the plastic housing and the driving lamps have minor internal chrome deterioration.  Remedial paintwork has been carried out over the years to a good standard and this car has been the on regular show on the Talbot show stand.  This hugely versatile example has been further adapted for wheel chair access when new by Smulders Systems whilst permanently retaining the rear bench seat.  This conversion is facilitated by a rear lowering ramp and an ingenuous electric motor fitted to compress the rear springs and lower the entire rear of the car and allow effortless wheelchair access with safety restraint belt fitted.  The ultimate dare to be different classic!

INTERIOR
The rugged, practical and hugely comfortable interior space is completely original.  The large reclining front seats and matching rear bench in grey vinyl with check cloth centre panels are immaculate and completely free from wear, commensurate with such a low mileage example.  The durable and washable rubber floor coverings are completely intact and the clean headlining is in excellent order with only three nicks to the fabric.  The delightfully sparse yet functional dashboard and fascia are pristine and completely original even down to the working factory radio and electric clock!  The gauges display healthy readings with no warning lights and all controls and functions operate seamlessly.  A tremendously well preserved interior, exactly as Talbot Matra intended.

ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The original four cylinder 1442cc engine produces 80bhp and 88.5lb.ft of torque allowing fair performance in modern traffic with a top speed of 90mph and 0-62 time of 16.3 seconds.  The engine fires up instantly and is surprisingly quiet, most unlike a Talbot!  The four speed all synchromesh gearbox is vague but exactly correct in its operation and the driver soon becomes accustomed to its use.

WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The factory fitted styled pressed steel wheels remain fitted and are shod in branded 185/70 R14 tyres.  The oversize wheels together with uprated suspension offer increased ground clearance over the saloon car variants and cement the appeal of this dependable leisure vehicle.  Hydraulic dual circuit braking system with vacuum servo assistance incorporate 9.2in front discs and 9in rear drums to offers impressive stopping power.

HISTORY FILE
Supplied new by Peugeot Talbot Main Dealer George Blair Addlestone Ltd, this example was registered new on 25th May 1983.  A fantastic history file with comprehensive MOT history fully documents the incredibly low 34,590 miles covered, and a vast collection of invoices clearly illustrate the cossetted ownership.  The original handbook and dealer guides are present and even the ‘Talbot Certicarte’ identity card forms part of the impressive history file.  Sold by KGF Classic Cars in 2014 to an avid car enthusiast who had searched hard for a number of years unsuccessfully to find such a car.  During his ownership the car has enjoyed the show circuit including the 2017 Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show at Birmingham’s NEC where it featured pride of place on the Talbot official stand.

Of 57,792 vehicles produced and with only four licensed examples remaining on UK roads, this pioneering and perhaps the worlds first ‘soft roader’ represents an incredibly rare survivor with immense practicality, versatility and onlooker intrigue in abundance!

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