Sunbeam Rapier H120

Produced: 1968-1976
Types: Coupe,2 doors,4 seats

In 1967 Sunbeam announced a unique sports-coupe model based on the new Rootes "Arrow" (Hillman Hunter) platform which had MacPherson front suspension and a rear-wheel drive layout. The new Sunbeam was named "Rapier" which rekindled the established Sunbeam model name from previous ranges.

In 1968 a high performance derivative, the Rapier H120, was added to the range. The "H" stood for Holbay, which was an in-house tuning specialist. The Holbay tuned engine featured twin Weber carbs which went well with the rest of the sporting specification. Other standard equipment included a revised rear axle, Rostyle wheels and extra spoilers for the body.

1725ccS4 OHVHillman S4 OHV81.5mm x 82.55mm9.6
Fuel System
Weber240 DCOE
Top Speed0-60SQMMPGEngine PwrComment
106 mph11 s22 mpg110 bhp 5200
DiscDrumServo assisted
Auction Sales History
Description Auctioneer Date Hammer Price Hammer Price
(inc premium)
003 Sunbeam Rapier Coupe H120 Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers 27 Nov 2013 £1200.00 -
305 Sunbeam Alpine S V (1968) Cheffins 23 Jun 2001 Not sold
001 Sunbeam Alpine S V (1968) BCA 9 Oct 2000 - £1551.00
005 Sunbeam Alpine 5 GT (1968) H&H Sales Limited 23 Sep 1998 £2900.00 -
029 Sunbeam Alpine S V (1968) Christies 11 Sep 1993 £1000.00 -
091 Sunbeam Alpine S V (1968) ADT 21 Jun 1993 £6100.00 -
Magazine Articles
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Article British beef
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Publication Classics Monthy May 2010
British beef - Born into a difficult era, these three sporting coupes today offer style, performance and value.  MGB GT V8, Ford Capri 3000, Sunbeam Rapier H120.
Article Worth the wait
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Publication Classics Monthly July 2009
Worth the wait- Martin Rhode spent years looking for a Sunbeam Rapier - then spent a few more restoring it..
Article Buying Power - Sunbeam Rapier and Alpine Fastback
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Publication Classic Car Weekly 1 May 2008
Buying Power - Sunbeam Rapier and Alpine Fastback - Britain's take on the Plymouth Barracuda - and Rootes' Capri rival during the Seventies - was the Sunbeam Rapier, along its less luxurious, less powerful Alpine counterpart.  ADAM TAIT looks at buying on of these now rare machines.
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