Lot 104 - 1964 Sunbeam Alpine Mk. IV GT
|Odometer reading||78,114 miles|
|Result||Sold - £8,512|
- One owner for first 47 years
- Manual with overdrive
The Sunbeam Alpine is a sporty two-seat open car launched in 1953, it was the first vehicle from Sunbeam-Talbot Limited to bear the Sunbeam name 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. The Series II of 1960 featured an enlarged 1,592cc engine producing 80 bhp and revised rear suspension. A Series II with hardtop and overdrive was tested by The Motor magazine in 1960, they recorded a top speed of 98.6 mph, acceleration from 0-60 mph in 13.6 seconds and a fuel consumption of 31.0 miles per imperial gallon.
This lovely Sunbeam Alpine is presented in green with black trim and spent the first 47 years of its life with its original owner. This GT is offered with desirable overdrive, steel hardtop and is complemented by a comprehensive history file. Sitting on four recently fitted Pirelli P1000 radials and displaying its original number plate, this car has been well maintained including comprehensive underbody protection. Within the history file is a buff logbook, workshop manual and owner's handbook alongside an MoT test certificate valid until August 2019, plus an extensive maintenance records. This is a wonderful example of the Rootes creation, with low ownership and fabulous history, a must for any Sunbeam enthusiast.
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