Sunbeam made history when it enjoyed Britain’s first Grand Prix win, at the 1923 French GP. However, in 1920 Sunbeam joined with Talbot and Darracq to form STD Motors Ltd, which proved to be an unmitigated disaster. By 1935 it was bust, and the Rootes Group picked up Sunbeam-Talbot to create a badge for upmarket Hillmans.
The Talbot part was dropped in 1954 and Sunbeam once again became a more sporting marque, with the Rapier and Alpine. Chrysler killed off the badge in 1976, but re-used the name on its make-or break rear-wheel drive supermini in 1977.