Lot 324 - 1964 Sunbeam Rapier Mk.IV

Lot 324 - 1964 Sunbeam Rapier Mk.IV

Lot 324 - 1964 Sunbeam Rapier Mk.IV

Lot Number 324
Registration APR308B
Chassis Number B3304870H-HO
Engine Number B03304870HHO
Odometer reading 43,645 miles
Estimate £5,000 - £7,000

The Sunbeam Rapier was produced by the Rootes Group, in this case as part of their Sunbeam marque and was announced at the London Motor Show in October 1955. A four seat, two door coupé and designed 'in house' by the Rootes Group, it was inspired by the new-generation Studebaker coupés of 1953. Late in 1963, plans were set to drop the Rapier, Rootes had directed its competitive effort towards the Hillman Imp and the Sunbeam Tiger. The Mk.IV Sunbeam Rapier was a splendid car, receiving a number of modifications including a change to 13-inch road wheels in common with the rest of Rootes' Car range. At the front, the car was completely and cleverly redesigned to make it look more up-to-date. A new bonnet made the front look lower and flatter, new headlamp rims were fitted and to give a more open look from the side, the frames were removed from the side windows. Finally, small badges fitted at the bottom of each front wing and on the boot lid proclaimed each car to be a 'Series IV'. Inside, a new dash, still in walnut veneer, however, the glove box raised into the dash itself allowed the inclusion of a proper storage shelf on each side of the car. Instrumentation and controls were much as before, although the heater switches and ashtray were now housed in a console in front of the gear lever. To aid driver comfort, an adjustable steering column was fitted along with new front seats which allowed more fore and aft adjustment and for the first time, backrest adjustment.

Supplied originally on 2nd June 1964 by Stoborough Motor Company, this delightful Sunbeam Rapier shows on the V5 document as two previous keepers, however, the first change of keeper was within the same family, hence this Sunbeam could be described as one previous owner. The current vendor has enjoyed owning APR308B since 23rd May 2002. The current odometer reading of 43645 is thought to be correct, although not warranted. The 1592cc engine runs very smoothly and we are advised the Sunbeam drives well. Without doubt this has been a much loved example and has benefitted in being garaged and well maintained throughout its 50 years on the road. A fine example of 1960's design and technology.

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.

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