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1947 Sunbeam Talbot

1947 Sunbeam Talbot 

Shipped to Simpson’s of Madras when new on 12th September 1947, this car was originally light green. Following its return to the UK the car was generously donated to Bletchley Park Trust by Mick Jagger after starring in the film Enigma (2001) which was produced by Jagger’s film company.

Loosely based on real events, the film follows the story of cryptanalysts based at Bletchley Park, facing their worst nightmare: Axis submarines have unexpectedly changed their Enigma cipher and a merchant shipping convoy with 10,000 people on board is in peril. The film stars Kate Winslet, Dougray Scott, Saffron Burrows, and Jeremy Northam.

Jagger required a sports car for the starring role, which had a large enough boot in which a secret compartment could be built to house the Enigma machine. A Sunbeam Talbot 2 Litre Tourer would have been ideal, but they were rare in 2001, therefore this saloon was acquired. The whole of the body from the scuttle backwards had been removed and replaced by a custom built 4 seater Tourer body and windscreen with the required compartment behind the rear seats. Notice the blackout headlights.

My thanks to all visits and comments etc it is appreciated.

Marco F. Delminho, Falk Preusche, fifi, Fred Fouarge and 16 other people have particularly liked this photo


12 comments - The latest ones
 Ulrich John
Ulrich John club
Wow ! What a beauty !
6 weeks ago.
 Ruth
Ruth club
It’s a cracking car John. Lovely shot. I do remember watching the film but I’d forgotten it was so long ago.
6 weeks ago.
 Ruth
Ruth club
Thank you for posting your wonderful image to
Interesting History
6 weeks ago.
 Nicole Merdrignac
Nicole Merdrignac club
Superbe voiture. Nicole.
6 weeks ago.
 S Drury
S Drury club
Very nice indeed John and interesting info added also

Best wishes ... Steve
6 weeks ago.
 Jean
Jean club
A lovely car. I wouldn't mind one.
6 weeks ago.
 Mick Herbert
Mick Herbert club
Great shot & info John !
6 weeks ago.
 Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen club
Beautiful car and picture.
6 weeks ago.
 tiabunna
tiabunna club
A lovely old car with an interesting background, John.
5 weeks ago.
 Rosalyn Hilborne
Rosalyn Hilborne club
Very stylish....those were the days!
5 weeks ago.
 Pat Del
Pat Del club
A magnificent body !
5 weeks ago.
 Falk Preusche
Falk Preusche club
Very beautiful lines.
2 weeks ago.

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