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Talbot Avenger General Information

The Talbot Avenger was only called Talbot in its last production days. It was more commonly known as a Hillman Avenger and on some markets sold as Sunbeam Avenger. But soon after the car arrived, Hillman was in trouble. They received financial outside assistence, which lead to this car being called Chrysler Avenger. But this didn't work either and eventually Peugeot took ownership and renamed that car a Talbot Avenger. All this mess nicely underlines what the Avenger's main problem was. It was a hell of an amazing car but politics and financial trouble meant the car was never really run in a full house works effort. There were occasions that Hillman actually entered a group2 (or sometimes a group4, which however is totally identical to this group2 car except for a stronger but unreliable BRM tuned engine) Avenger with Andrew Cowan, Colin Malkin or Chris Sclater. However this very unfortunately stayed the exception. In fact the main reason why a group2 version existed was touring car racing, which in itself has a funny tale connected – but even for that I wish to refer you to the group1 story of this car. By far the more outstanding results in rallying came with the showroom group1 version of the Avenger, like Andrew Cowan winning – yes, overall – an ultra long Rally NZ 1976, going from Auckland, North Island to Christchurch, South Island! Many people have discovered how amazing this car was. Never mind it was only really available as an underdevelopped, basically standard group1 car, the list of drivers using even the simpler version Avenger is glamourous: Henri Toivonen, Pauli Toivonen, Colin McRae, Harri Rovanperä, to name just a few.

However, as you see in that description, uncharacteristically for any rally car's career, the tuned car was only an also run. For the true story and the full picture of the Avenger, you have to go and read the group1 chapter of this car!
 

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Talbot Avenger Evolutions

 
 
Model & Evo. (Activity)
 
BHP@
RPM
Torque
(Nm)@
RPM
Length
Width
Height
Weight
(Kg/BPM
Ratio)
 
Trans.
(W'base)
Talbot Avenger GT (73-79) 140/5800 167/4700 4166.1615.1408 913 (6.5) RWD (2489)

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Talbot Avenger Results

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Pos Event Driver Co-Driver # Rego hh:mm:ss
15th. 1979 WRC Rally of Finland T. Tahko E. Tahko #25 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
22nd. 1979 WRC Rally of Finland H. Uotila . UNKNOWN #37 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
8th. 1977 WRC Acropolis Rally C. Cyprianou A. Longinos #155 [UNKNOWN] 11:48:57
6th. 1977 WRC Rally of Finland E. Pitkänen J. Paalama #24 [UNKNOWN] 4:58:39
21st. 1976 WRC Acropolis Rally C. Cyprianou A. Longinos #60 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
17th. 1973 WRC Rally of Great Britain C. Malkin B. Coyle #45 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00

Talbot Avenger Retirements

This is an unofficial Car Model Retirements list and may be incomplete.

Pos Event Driver Co-Driver # Rego Reason
Ret. 1978 WRC Swedish Rally L. Carlsson B. Sundberg #14 [UNKNOWN] SS0 withdrawn before start
Ret. 1977 WRC Rally of Great Britain A. Cowan P. White #21 [UNKNOWN] SS34 electrics
Ret. 1977 WRC Rally of Great Britain R. Eyre-Maunsell N. Wilson #47 [UNKNOWN] SS12 engine
Ret. 1976 WRC Rally of Great Britain C. Sclater P. White #25 [UNKNOWN] SS99 engine
Ret. 1975 WRC Rally of Great Britain C. Malkin P. White #26 [UNKNOWN] SS99 crash
Ret. 1974 WRC Rally of Great Britain C. Malkin B. Coyle #28 [UNKNOWN] SS99 crash