A rare surviving Talbot Samba LS with just 17,109 miles and fantastic history.
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, removable fold down rear seat, driver and passenger fascia parcel shelf, rear parcel shelf, courtesy light.
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 the wonderfully period original colour of Jonquil, (Jaune Camargue – code CJ), the paintwork looks absolutely fantastic. The lightweight panels are pin straight and all bodywork structure and seams are perfectly preserved. The underside having never seen repair work displays professionally applied rust-proofing and perfect integrity to components, suspension, sills and jacking points. All trim sections, decals and badges are fully intact with only very light scratches to the front bumper corners and offside rear bumper corner, visible only upon close scrutiny. The supplying dealer number plates and rear screen sticker remain with the car. This quirky dare to be different Samba is your perfect rare useable classic.
The interior of this low mileage example is spotlessly clean and remarkably comfortable, a hereditary trait of its French ancestry! The original Havana Chequers seat trim is preserved incredibly well with no discolouration or fading and the seat upholstery and structure is in amazing condition. The simplistic dashboard is showroom fresh 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. The boot area is clean and houses the original wheel brace and jack. A very capable modern classic interior representative of 17,109 miles and with an abundance of character!
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
Fitted with the time proven 954cc four-cylinder PSA XV ‘suitcase’ 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 as well as the inner wing chassis stamp. The four speed all synchromesh gearbox is light and slightly vague, exactly as Talbot made them!
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
Five Samba LS steel wheels are refinished in pristine condition and complete with original black plastic centre caps. Matching premium brand Firestone 135/80 R13 tyres have excellent tread all round. Dual circuit brakes with 240mm front discs and 180mm rear drums offer ample stopping power. Wonderfully simplistic!
Supplied new by Peugeot Talbot Main Dealer, McKinnon Motors of Surrey, this example was registered new on 1st February 1983 and has covered a mere 17,109 miles from new. A new vehicle sales invoice made out to first owner, Mr Elliott, illustrates a purchase price of £3,545. Here began a pampered existence that has led the car to be the outstanding survivor you see today! Exactly a year to the day after first registration, ownership was transferred to Mr Elliott’s wife Gladys who owned the car for a further 28 years! The car was used very sparingly until 2006 when Mrs Elliott ceased driving and the car was retired to the garage. In 2012 the car was purchased by a private collector and club member, Mr Pearson, after the family of the owner offered the car to the Simca Talbot Club wanting it to go to a good home. The Samba joined Mr Pearson’s eclectic fleet of 20 plus cars from the 1970’s and 1980’s, all exceptionally low mileage and all humble everyday classics from yesteryear. A letter in the history file from Mrs Elliott to Mr Pearson thanks him for a surprise parcel she received which turned out to be a calendar of the car that he had had made. Photographs in the history file show Mrs Elliott with the car and even her home in Surrey with the garage it was kept in. Upon purchasing the vehicle, the previous owner sent the car for extensive recommissioning work to ensure optimum running with supporting invoice for £598.27 and at which point the mileage was 16,826 miles. The most recent service carried out was in July 2022 at 17,109 miles.
The vehicle book packs, guides and dealership sales literature are all present in the plastic wallet along with the service record and Talbot CertiCarte card. Every MOT certificate carried on the car dating back to the very first in 1986 further verifies the mileage and both sets of keys are present. A display board of every tax disc is also included! An original Samba range sales brochure completes the history file.
Fun, frugal and exuding personality, dare to be different with this cheeky little Samba!
MOT July 2023, HPI Clear.
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