I want a classic fun convertible that isn’t shoe size or boat size but somewhere in the middle.
Do I want to buy a 1954 Sunbeam Talbot? The price is 20k firm. How hard or easy is it to get parts, work on, reliable? All I’ve seen are pictures, which of course look good.
I’ve seen them during car shows – cool looking car but, from what I understand, they are not the easiest cars to work on or get parts for.
You may want to ask this question in aaca.org forum. There’s no doubt someone there that can point you to a club or group dedicated to this car.
How about a nice 60-ish CarmenGhia instead? They have coolness factor, are easy to work on and there are all sorts of parts available for it?
If cared for, they are perfectly drivable anywhere. No trailers required.
This car was immortalized by the little Philip Morris guy in his bell boy unifrom. Even in the late 50s this car was hard to service and get parts for. It really belongs in a museum, unless you are prepared to spend a small fortune keeping it running.
I believe another event that immortilized this car was Grace Kelly (later Pricess Grace of Monaco) driving it in Southern France (Riviera) in the movie “To Catch a Thief” Cary Grant starred in it as well.
The parts issue is the one that could be the fly in the ointment. Some mechanical ingenuity can get you around many mechanical problems but when it comes to body and trim parts that could be a problem if that need arises.
I gather from your post that you’re looking for something to tool around regularly with in nice weather and my vote would be for something more common, cheaper, and easier to service and locate parts for.
An MGB or Triumph TR6 could be an option and can be had for much less than 20 grand. They’re also easy to service and parts are readily available.
If you want a Sunbeam you might consider the Alpine, not the Alpine Tiger. The Tiger is beaucoup money.
I had an Alpine with the 4 cylinder and it was a British Green ton o’fun. Wished I still had it.