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Lot 431: Sunbeam Alpine V Roadster Project

The Beaulieu Sale, Bonhams (7 September 2013)

Aimed at the North American market, where British sports cars were enjoying considerable success, the Sunbeam Alpine was produced between 1959 and 1968. Built on the Hillman Husky II floorpan, the Alpine employed Sunbeam Rapier running gear and the same 1.5-litre, overhead-valve, four-cylinder engine found in many of Rootes' other products. In Alpine form the unit boasted an alloy cylinder head and twin carburettors, producing 78bhp, an output good enough for a maximum speed of almost 100mph. The Alpine was progressively improved through Series II-V, gaining an all-synchromesh gearbox in 1964 on the Series IV and a 1,725cc, five-bearing engine in 1965 on the Series V, which also marked the arrival of alternator electrics and an oil cooler, unusual standard features at that time. Kept in dry storage for circa 37 years, this Alpine Series V was purchased from the partner of a deceased friend in 1974 who had used it as a weekend car, covering relatively few miles. The present owner then used it sparingly for around two years before placing in store. We are advised that it is believed to have a Holbay-modified cylinder head and that the recorded mileage of 57,709 is believed correct. Offered for re-commissioning/restoration and sold strictly as viewed, the car comes complete with hardtop and old-style logbook.

Lot Details
Auction The Beaulieu Sale
Bonhams, Hampshire, UK
TypeCar
Lot Number431
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)£1380
Year1968
Condition rating5
Registration numberUUW 555F
Mileage-
Chassis numberB-395018736ODHRO
Engine numberB-395018736ODHRO
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors