Introduced in September 1939 at the outbreak of the Second World War, the 2-Litre was based on the Sunbeam-Talbot 10 with a 3½ʺ extended chassis to accommodate the larger 2-Litre side-valve engine. The engine was derived from the Humber Twelve of 1932 and developed 52bhp with the aid of an aluminium cylinder head. Unlike the Talbot 10, the 2-Litre was equipped with hydraulic brakes and an anti-roll bar. The 2-Lire was available as a Saloon, Drophead Foursome Coupe, Tourer (4
Available as a Sports Saloon, Sports Tourer, Drophead Foursome Coupe and Sports 2-Seater
Number of Cylinders: 4
Firing Order 1342
Bore and stroke: 75 × 110 mm.
R.A.C Rating: 13·95
Cubic capacity: 1944 c.c.
Compression Ratio 6·5 to 1.
Polished aluminium, easily detachable. High Turbulence.
Counterbalanced 3 bearing
Special Downdraught ‘Stromberg’ incorporating a fully automatic thermostatically-controlled choke, giving instant starting under all weather conditions. Large and efficient Air Silencer and cleaner
Pump and Fan, Thermostatic control
Coil and distributor with automatic advance and retard, 12 volt.
Lighting & Starting
Ventilated type with automatic constant voltage control.
Top 4·44. Third 6·62. Second 10·97. First 15·83. Reverse 21·15.
Special Worm and Nut. 17-in. Flexible Steering wheel.
Rigid beam incorporating oil-resisting rubber seals to stub axles king pin, ensuring long life
Semi floating, spiral bevel drive, specially built up differential case, webbed for rigidity and silence,
Open Shaft with Special Needle Roller Universal Joints.
Single dry plate.
Special deep section underslung. Large tubular and channel crossmembers.
Lockheed Hydraulic brakes are fitted. They are powerful, light in operation, act equally on all four wheels, and can be quickly adjusted.
Long semi-elliptic springs, front and rear of special design, covered with leather gaiters. Chassis underslung, with Sway Eliminator at front.
Luvax Piston type Hydraulic, double acting.
The front bumper incorporates a stabiliser, while rear quarter bumpers are fitted to all models.
Steel, with special discs, fitted with comfort tyres, 16 × 5·52 in.
½ gallons Tank fitted at rear of Chassis.
Rheostat-controlled instrument lighting, with large speedometer marked in m.p.h. and k.p.h., complete with trip, electric clock, electric petrol gauge marked in litres and gallons, ampere meter, ignition warning light, oil gauge, combined ignition and lighting switch with ignition lock, and push starter control.
Lighting equipment consists of two headlamps, with dipping device and separate fuses, two side and twin rear lamps, stop light, reversing light, and auxiliary driving light. Control for driving lamps is situated on the instrument panel, but in addition, headlamps can be fully controlled from the steering wheel. Two-tone wind horns are fitted.
|Wheelbase||… … … …||8ft. 0½ in.||2451mm.|
|Track||… … … …||4 ft. 0 in.||1219 mm.|
|Ground Clearance||… … … …||6 in.||152 mm.|
|Turning Circle||… … … …||35 ft. 0 in.||10668 mm.|