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1975-1985 TALBOT Alpine/Solara specifications

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Chrysler had huge ambition for its European division during the early 1970s – and using the diverse Rootes and Simca ranges as a starting point, drew up a modern looking range of FWD hatchbacks. First off the blocks was the Alpine in 1975, which was good enough to win the European Car of The Year award. It was smart and modern looking, but the politics of its maker took over, and when the Americans pulled out in 1978, the Chryslers became Talbots. In 1980 a handsome three-box version was unveiled, and as the Solara, went on to see Talbot to the death in 1986.

Production

  • Production:
    185,827 in UK
  • Price at launch:
    £3,872
  • Price (excellent)
    £1,000
  • Price (good):
    £700
  • Price (average):
    £400
  • Price (project):
    £250

Performance

  • 0-60mph:
    14.6secs
  • Top speed:
    96.0mph
  • Power:
    68.0bhp
  • Torque:
    79.0lb/ft

Engine

  • Configuration:
    in-line four
  • Aspiration:
    Normal
  • Fuel:
    Petrol
  • Fuel delivery:
    carburettor

Chassis

  • Steering:
    rack and pinion
  • Bodyframe:
    metal monocoque
  • Transmission:
    Four-speed manual

Dimensions

  • Weight:
    1040kgs

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