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Lot 026: Sunbeam Alpine MKIV

Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles, Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers (18 July 2012)

Sunbeam, now part of the Rootes organisation, first announced its Alpine sports model in 1959. The new car was a change of direction for Sunbeam and was aimed squarely at the younger MG/TriumphTR market  previous models being larger touring cars. It was largely styled by the great industrial designer, Ken Howes, and was heavily influenced by the Ford Thunderbird which lent it oodles of Trans-Atlantic glamour. At first the car was powered by a 78bhp 1494cc four-cylinder engine but in the Series II of 1960 this was replaced by an 80bhp 1592cc unit. In 1963 the Series III arrived with larger front brake discs, a bigger boot and a revised interior. Power went up by another 2bhp the following year with the Series IV, easily recognised by its much smaller tail fins. All were extremely fine cars, being perhaps the most habitable, practical and everyday useable sportscars of their era. The driving position is excellent, the door apertures are very wide allowing easy entrance and exit, the boot space is generous and the handling is exemplary thanks to a notably rigid structure. At the risk of getting shot down here by Guardian readers, we would have to say that they make the perfect sporting ladies' car, being great for shopping but also a real hoot on twisty B-roads, shades glinting and polka dot headscarf fluttering in the slipstream (sorry, almost drifted off into a private fantasy there  Ed.) Dating from 1964, this particular Series IV is finished in Carnival Red with black trim and a dark walnut dash. A desirable overdrive gearbox model, it was extensively restored by its previous owner of five years with many bills on file detailing the improvements. Said to drive beautifully with 11 months' MOT and current road tax, it is on the button and ready to go. All the lucky new owner needs now are some sunny days on which to enjoy it!

Lot Details
Auction Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles
Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers, Easters Court, Leominster, Herefordshire, HR6 0DE
Lot Number026
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£5500
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Condition rating
Registration number983 YYA
Chassis numberB907345GT0DHRO
Engine number
Engine capacity (cc)1592
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors1