[Sunbeam Talbot Email List] To Catch a Thief

George Hummel ghummel at worden-shewell.com
Wed Mar 18 08:23:50 EDT 2015

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Was the dash and seats leather or vinyl?

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From: Staowners [mailto:staowners-bounces at sunbeamtalbot.info] On Behalf Of Robert Hamilton
Sent: Tuesday, March 17, 2015 10:11 PM
To: David Allen-Hughes
Cc: Sunbeam Talbot Alpine Owners Mailing List; Bill Spear
Subject: Re: [Sunbeam Talbot Email List] To Catch a Thief

Hi David,

We have an email list for owners of Sunbeam Talbot and Alpines with presently about 250 subscribers from around the world who will be able to assist you finding the correct colours for the movie car.

I suggest you visit my S-T web page ( www.sunbeamtalbot.info<http://www.sunbeamtalbot.info/>) with loads of information on the restoration and maintenance of these cars and also subscribe to the email list ( http://sunbeamtalbot.info/mailman/listinfo/staowners_sunbeamtalbot.info ) where you can tap into the experiences of other owners.

Look forward to receiving your subscription request.


At 03:03 PM 3/17/2015, you wrote:

Hi Bill,

Thanks for the quick reply and the introduction to Bob.

Yes, I’m 100% sure my wife is looking for more of a tribute car that looks like the one in the film instead of true factory colors.  Appreciate your insight and advice.

415 326 4760


On Mar 17, 2015, at 11:00 AM, Bill Spear <bill at wmspear.com<mailto:bill at wmspear.com>> wrote:

I am forwarding your note to the expert on this subject, Bob Hamilton...He can give you the straight scoop on Sunbeam colors.

I think the original color in the movie was Sapphire Blue (not the lighter glacier blue or whatever they called it and what I had on my car on the site). However, the factory did not offer the combination of Fawn seats and SB, and Edith Head who did the costuming or art direction had the car reupholstered to enhance Kelly's color or costuming or both...So...if you go this route be aware you are developing a sort of tribute car rather than a strict factory restoration (The factory unfortunately did NOT have Edith as a style consultant :~)

I tried to get that color in a little Bantam I did...and I used Connolly Jaguar hide but was disappointed because out here in California especially in the sun it appears almost white. The texture and feel is great of course, but, there was no such color. It is a color which we always associate with neat old cars with great patina, but, it may just BE patina that makes it look so right. What I wanted was that wonderful color of an old baseball glove or saddle..a sort of reddish burnt siena and maybe some yellow ochre in it...but not "brown"...I had a hell of a hard time finding anything and was in a hurry, but would consider re doing it if anything show up...let me know what you find...

On Tue, Mar 17, 2015 at 9:51 AM, David Allen-Hughes <3264760 at gmail.com<mailto:3264760 at gmail.com>> wrote:
Hi Bill,
Saw your post about the Sunbeam Alpine and…I’m having Joop Stolze restore one for me and we’re having a heck of a time determining what color matches the movie.  The true Sapphire Blue is darker/greyer than what it appears to be in most of the film scenes.  Any advice?
Also trying to find something to match the Fawn leather seats.  Any currently produced leather that you might recommend and coloring?  I heard Jaguar might have a close Fawn color but this is hard for me.

David Allen-Hughes
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Bob Hamilton
Waverley, Nova Scotia, Canada
List Administrator - Sunbeam Talbot Alpine Owners List
E-Mail: hamilton at accesswave.ca<mailto:hamilton at accesswave.ca>
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