Lot 122 - 1966 Sunbeam Alpine Mk. V Restoration Project
|Odometer reading||19,494 miles|
|Result||Sold - £4,816|
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. 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.
The previous owner of this Alpine restoration project bought the car from Hounslow, West London some 10 years ago and during his ownership spent considerable time and money on its preparation. This included a full bare-metal re-spray to its current condition as well as many other repairs and parts to the tune, reportedly, of over £8,000. The current owner has also contributed extensively to its restoration including new door cards, front and rear seats (all new) in excellent condition. He was also unhappy with the standard Sunbeam replacement floor-pans and so had new, heavy duty, items made, under-sealing as he went providing a more long-term future for the car.
He also sourced many new items from a Sunbeam supplier in the Midlands and all parts for this car are either new (as in the hood) or original and in good order. The car drove into the garage prior to striping and so the engine and drive-train are thought to be 'up and running' although some light re-commissioning may be required. The majority of the hard work has been taken care of and so, given a Philips screwdriver and some patience, many of the remaining parts can simply be re-affixed. An extremely accessible light restoration project that could easily be ready for this summer...
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