Lot 235 - 1968 Sunbeam Alpine Series V
|Odometer reading||87,000 miles|
|Estimate||£12,000 - £14,000|
The Sunbeam Alpine is a sporty two-seat open car launched in 1953 as the first vehicle from Sunbeam-Talbot to bear the Sunbeam name alone since the 1935 takeover of Sunbeam and Talbot by the Rootes Group. Ken Howes and Jeff Crompton were tasked with doing a complete redesign of the Alpine in 1956 with the goal of producing a dedicated sports car aimed principally at the US market. Ken Howes contributed some 80% of the overall design work and, throughout its production cycle, the Alpine was manufactured in four subsequent revisions through to 1968. Production stopped shortly after the Chrysler takeover of the Rootes Group. The Series V Alpine was produced from 1965 through to 1968, the final version having a new five-bearing 1725cc engine with twin Zenith-Stromberg semi-downdraught carburettors producing 93bhp.
This outstanding Sunbeam Alpine has recently been restored by the fastidious vendor who purchased the car some two years ago and started work on her immediately. The quality of the workmanship has to be view to be appreciated; the restoration has been fully documented and photographed and consequently a splendid history file accompanies this car, which also contains confirmation that it was taken off the road on 8th December 1977 with the odometer reading 86,543. Also supplied with a V5 registration document, a full one year's MoT test certificate plus many old MoT certificates prior to 1977 within the comprehensive history file; this is surely one of the finest Sunbeam Alpines available today.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.