Sunbeam-Talbot & Alpine In Detail (Hardcover)

1935-1956

By Anders Ditlev Clausager

Herridge & Sons Ltd., 9781906133139, 192pp.

Publication Date: February 15, 2010

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Description

The author gives a thoroughgoing account of the evolution of the Sunbeam-Talbot  and Alpine models through to the end of production in 1957.He provides detailed descriptions of all models, covering every aspect of chassis, running gear, engine and transmission, with information on differences from previous models, revisions and production changes. In the 1950s Sunbeam-Talbots and Alpines earned a very good name in rallying, consistently gaining awards in international events and even achieving an outright win in the Monte Carlo Rally in 1956. A full account of the cars’ illustrious competition history is also given, and appendices cover technical specifications, chassis numbers, production figures and rally entries. The illustrations include specially commissioned color photography of outstanding surviving examples of the cars and more than 100 black-and-white archive shots.  In its thorough examination of these desirable cars this book provides a rich store of knowledge for the many owners and enthusiasts who care passionately about them.. 


About the Author

Anders Ditlev Clausager was born in Denmark in 1949. He came to London in 1974 to study automotive design at the Royal College of Art and obtained his master’s degree in 1976. He spent a brief period with Volkswagen, where he designed the second-generation Polo, but came back to England in 1978, working for British Leyland at Longbridge. In 1979, he became archivist to BL Heritage, subsequently the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust, and in 2000 moved to the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust where he was chief archivist until 2012. In 2000 he completed a master’s degree in history at the University of Warwick. He has written or co-authored 20 books on a variety of mostly British cars, including Austin, Austin-Healey, Jaguar, MG, Mini, and Sunbeam-Talbot, but also Porsche and Volvo. He was one of four authors of the award-winning Britain’s Motor Industry The First Hundred Years. He has contributed to various magazines, and to The Guardian. Anders is well known as a motoring historian. He was a founder member of the Classic Vehicle Clubs’ Committee, which later became the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs, and for several years served on the dating committee of the Veteran Car Club. Since 2009 he has been Secretary of the Society of Automotive Historians in Britain, while he is also a trustee of the Michael Sedgwick Memorial Trust, and a member of the Advisory Council of the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu. He has twice received the Bradley Distinguished Service Award from the American Society of Automotive Historians. He maintains an active interest in many aspects of motoring history and is usually busy with one or more projects. He lives in Birmingham with his husband David and has only recently and reluctantly given up riding a BMW after 40 years as a motorcyclist.