Lot 405 - 1963 Sunbeam Alpine Series III
|Odometer reading||25,664 miles|
|Estimate||£7,000 - £9,000|
|Result||Sold - £7,280|
At the Rootes Group, Kenneth Howes and Jeff Crompton were tasked with designing a dedicated sports car aimed principally at the US market. Ken Howes contributed some 80 per cent of the overall design work, which bears more than incidental resemblance to the early Ford Thunderbird; probably a result of Howe having worked at Ford before joining Rootes. The Alpine was produced in four subsequent revisions through to 1968 with total production numbering around 70,000. Production finally ceased shortly after the Chrysler takeover of the Rootes Group. The Series III Alpine was manufactured in either, open or removable hardtop versions and was powered by a 1592 cc engine. On the hardtop version the top could be removed but no soft-top was provided as the area it would have been folded into was occupied by a small rear seat. To provide more room in the boot, twin fuel tanks in the rear wings were fitted and quarter lights were fitted to the windows. The Series III was also the last to be made with the large fins. Between 1963 and 1964, 5863 Series III Alpines were produced. Today the Series III Alpine is quite a rare sight due to the low numbers built and poor survival rate.
This Series III Alpine on offer sports those big fins and twin fuel tanks. The coachwork is resplendent in red with a contrasting black interior. We are advised that this, UK registered, Alpine will arrive at the sale with a fresh MoT test certificate.
This is an opportunity to acquire a rare example of the marque that is offered at a realistic estimate.
** WE HAVE BEEN INFORMED BY THE VENDOR THAT THIS CAR HAS OVERDRIVE **
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