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Talbot Samba Cabriolet

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Pistom

2,090 posts

64 months

Sunday 26th February 2012
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Tha Tagora was a very capable car in its day. Loads of room with a decent spec. Cruise control, electric widows and mirrors in 1981.

The Matra Simca Bagheera had a quirky vertical radio installation and the 3 seats were ideal if your idea of a balanced relationship was a ménage et toils.

Ditto the Talbot Matra Murena but that had a 5th gear that would have been better suited to 4th.

The Samba Cabriolet was ahead of its time.

The Chrysler 180/2 Litre was vastly superior to the Ford Cortina but rot meant life expectancy guaranteed virtual extinction in no time.

The Alpine and Solara were just nasty and robbed the UK of badging Alpine Renaults correctly in the UK.

The Rancho as nasty as the Alpine but great idea in principal.

tgr

702 posts

76 months

Sunday 26th February 2012
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Ah yes, the Rancho! Actually looked quite serious until you read that it had a pretty puny engine and 2 wheel drive.

And trust the French to design a car for Jules et Jim! laugh

JackCarter

112 posts

56 months

Sunday 26th February 2012
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This takes me back...

In the early 1980s when I was about 10 my family visited the UK and I dragged my older sister around numerous car dealers in London's West End collecting brochures. I had the Talbot Samba, Solara, Tagora, & Ranchero amongst others. Sadly my Dad made me chuck the whole lot into a skip about 15 years ago and I have regretted it ever since.

Disturbingly, ever since that trip I have harboured a deep affection for Tagoras. I seem to recall from the brochure that up-spec models had a pretty advanced trip computer for their day. My 10 year old mind thought they were very cool...

SambaS

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415 posts

92 months

Sunday 26th February 2012
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They ARE cool =)

Marty63

2,346 posts

79 months

Sunday 26th February 2012
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had a Talbot Horizon many moons ago, big miss


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POORCARDEALER

7,565 posts

146 months

Sunday 26th February 2012
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When I think Samba I think tappety!

SambaS

Original Poster:

415 posts

92 months

Sunday 26th February 2012
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    POORCARDEALER said:
When I think Samba I think tappety!

SambaS

Original Poster:

415 posts

92 months

Sunday 26th February 2012
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This is for sale in my local breakers and I SO want to buy it but just don't have the room and the Monza would never get done. £300 49,000 miles

SambaS

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415 posts

92 months

Sunday 26th February 2012
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Still tempted to buy it anyway... was guna make room for the Tagora I guess

Negative Creep

14,721 posts

132 months

Sunday 26th February 2012
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Was offered an Alpine for £300 recently by the same person selling the Yugo, but had to decline due to lack of space. Hopefully it was saved from the oval....


Also, does anyone else think Talbot Tagora sounds like an American gameshow host?

fluffnik

19,925 posts

132 months

Sunday 26th February 2012
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POORCARDEALER said:
When I think Samba I think tappety!
I never understood why Chrysler persisted with the horrible rattly Simca motor when they had the high cam Avenger motor available...

wildcat45

5,507 posts

94 months

Sunday 26th February 2012
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When is the last time anyone saw a Chrysler/Talbot?

Got a real soft spot for the cars. Last one I saw I heard before it came into view, It was in 2003 an X Reg Sunbeam 1.6. Very distinctive sound.

iggysport

461 posts

52 months

Sunday 26th February 2012
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It's funny, search Talbot in the "car, motorcycles and vehicles" section on ebay and it's literally 100% camper vans biggrin

g3org3y

10,504 posts

96 months

Sunday 26th February 2012
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SambaS said:
I'm just waiting for the sunshine now smile
Don't worry, scrapyards are open when it's raining too.

SambaS

Original Poster:

415 posts

92 months

Sunday 26th February 2012
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I know my mate owns this one:
g3org3y said:
SambaS said:
I'm just waiting for the sunshine now smile
Don't worry, scrapyards are open when it's raining too.

g3org3y

10,504 posts

96 months

Sunday 26th February 2012
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biggrin

entwisi

714 posts

96 months

Sunday 26th February 2012
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This turned up near me last year, was there for a few months then disappeared.

deadtom

1,068 posts

70 months

Sunday 26th February 2012
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rswift said:
CDP said:
SambaS said:
Quirky yes. Tecnically French, although I believe Clement-Talbot was an English company in the 30s. Peugeot bought Chrysler europe in 1979 and dug up the talbot marque to badge the range (Alpine, Horizon, Avenger, Sunbeam)
There was a British Talbot which became part of the Roots group and a French Talbot Largo who became part of Simca. Roots and Simca were both taken over by Chrysler who were then snapped up by Peugeot. Somebody must know whether the brand is British, French or (in all probability) a mongrel.
There is also Talbot-Matra, which was very briefly on the badges of Matra, or Matra-Simca cars (1979 I think) ! Google Matra Bagheera, and Matra Murena for some other quirky french cars...

And from memory, the Talbot Alpine was car of the year in 1979....
hah, possibly I shouldnt have asked :P

SambaS

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415 posts

92 months

Sunday 26th February 2012
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confuzzling isn't it