Lot 322 - 1961 Sunbeam Alpine
|Odometer reading||68,500 miles|
|Estimate||£5,000 - £8,000|
|Result||Sold - £8,037|
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 to produce 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.
This 1961 Sunbeam Alpine has recently undergone a full body restoration having been shot blasted, repainted, new inner and outer sills fitted and its interior newly trimmed. With a soft top, tonneau cover and reproduction Minilight wheels fitted, this Alpine is beautifully presented in Glen Green with contrasting red interior. The vendor informs us that a Rootes reconditioned engine has also been fitted and after Rees Bros. of Hampshire attended to some of the initial fettling combined with a full service this summer which included stripping back and fully rebuilding the carburetors and a rebuilt ignition system, she is now running just as the vendor had hoped with an MOT until June 2016. Viewing is highly recommended as this delightful and useable classic looks even better in the flesh.
*Interested parties should note that the current number plate is to be retained and a new, age-related plate will be issued instead