It’s funny. Whenever I go to France I often get the horrible feeling that, as an Englishman, I’m as welcome as a hog roast at a Bar mitzvah. I don’t speak French, pardon, and I’m sure that doesn’t help. And France has such a strong automotive history that finding a rather French car tarted-up as a classic fictional English book character to chase sales is something of a surprise. Here’s the Talbot Horizon Sherlock of 1984;

Just look at the two and eight of it. It’s a boggo 1.1 litre 59bhp carb-fed hatchback with 13” wheels and a bit of tartan trim. And a Sherlock logo. What is this image supposed to convey to fellow motorists on the periphique? Here’s a fictitious driver that can solve crimes a century ago in another country? Yeah, I probably spelled periphique wrong, soz, Pierre. Look at the bloody deerstalker on the seat in the pic. What were they thinking? The Talbot Horizon Sherlock came only in brown and offered “baguette latérale de protection”, whatever that might be. Sounds very French to me. I love oddities like this, it was a miserable spec and even a Philips radio (no cassette) with buttons marked Po and Go wouldn’t get Holmes excited. No shit.

About The Author

Rich Duisberg

Rich Duisberg* has had work published in Classic & Sportscar, Practical Performance Car, Modern Mini, Banzai, MogMag, Evo, GT Porsche, Complete Kit Car, Absolute Lotus, Alternative Cars, Classic Retro Modern, and elsewhere. Rich often appears on CBS’s XCAR and Carfection channels, and Motors TV, plus JayEmm on Cars, enthusing about historic motoring. His latest book (find his work on Amazon) was described by SniffPetrol as "hilarious", although he was also threatened with legal action by elderly DJ Tim Westwood. In his Midlands man cave is a 1972 Fiat 500, a Lotus Elise, a BMW barge and a vintage Royal Enfield pushbike. Previous machines of interest include an Mk1 MX5 (owned for 14 years!), an Alfa GTV6, a Porsche 968 and a Sinclair C5. The Metro (right) was bought for an experiment, and abandoned in Africa. "I am not getting in a car with him" -  said Le Mans winner, Derek Bell. *A nom-de-plume inspired by the BBC's League of Gentlemen.

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