Sunbeam-Talbot - World War II

World War II

All Sunbeam-Talbot production was suspended during the war, after 1940, though Rootes continued to build the Hillman Minx and Humber Super Snipe for military use.

Rootes was responsible for providing Britain with 14% of its bombers, 5000 aero engines, 300,000 bombs and 60% of its armoured cars. For his efforts as chairman of the Supply Council, Ministry of Supply, William Rootes was recognised by a knighthood in the New Year Honours List of 1942. In 1945 when production again resumed, only the 10 and 2-litre were continued. The 3 and 4 litre models were never revived and production ceased.

The following year, production moved from the ex-Talbot London plant to the new Ryton plant, opened in 1940 under the UK government's shadow factory scheme, and initially used for the production of bombers and military vehicles. (Eventually the old London plant in Barlby Road, W10, was transformed into the set for the Thames Television programme The Bill, which was filmed there between 1987 and 1990.)

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