1967-1972, 10000 produced.
Coupe,2 doors,4 seats
The Rootes group launched its answer to the BMC Mini in 1963, the rear engined Hillman Imp. The Imp was quickly "badge engineered" into Singer and Sunbeam derivatives including some pretty "fastback" models. The standard car used a two door bodyshell with a novel opening rear window/hatch, all Imp's were built in a brand new factory built in Glasgow with government grants.
The Sunbeam badged fastback model was known as the Sunbeam Stiletto. Power for these small fastback coupes came from a an all-alloy engine developed from a Coventry-Climax unit. Despite only having 875cc the Imp engine provided plenty of power (51bhp) and was matched to an equally good gearbox. Standard specification included a brake servo, radial tyres and a vinyl roof covering.
|875cc||S4 OHC||Hillman Imp engine||68mm x 60.375mm|
|Drivetrain||Steering||Front Suspension||Rear Suspension|
|Top Speed||0-60||SQM||MPG||Engine Pwr||Comment|
|89 mph||17.6 s||30 mpg||51 bhp 6100|
|Description||Auctioneer||Date||Hammer Price||Hammer Price
|02||Sunbeam Stiletto||H&H Sales Limited||16 Apr 2009||-||£1980.00|
|120||SUNBEAM GRAND PRIX ET TOURIST TROPHY||Christies||8 Jul 2006||Not sold|
|230||Sunbeam Stiletto Saloon (1972)||Cheffins||10 Apr 1999||£700.00||-|
Taken For Granted - Group Test
|Publication||Practical Classics October 2004|
|Taken For Granted - Group Test - Some British classics are so much part of the automotive furniture that itís easy to forget their superb qualities. Andrew Roberts reports. 1971 Jaguar XJ6 Series 1, 1969 MGC GT, 1965 Rover 2000, 1972 Sunbeam Stiletto, 1967 Triumph GT6 Mk1|
Fast backs - Sunbeam v Volkswagen v Skoda
|Publication||Classics Monthly June 2005|
|Fast backs - Sunbeam v Volkswagen v Skoda - Rear engined, rear wheel drive cars have never been mainstream, neither has fastback bodywork. Mike Renaut drives three 1960s cars built through the 1970s, and from three different countries.|