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Sunbeam Rapier I


Produced: 1955-1957, 7477 produced.
Types: Saloon,2 doors,4 seats
Sunbeam Rapier (1955)

Sunbeam first introduced its two door, Hillman Minx based Rapier in 1955. The new model looked modern and attractive and featured a pillar-less side window arrangement. Throughout the models development the Rapier found favour amongst "sporting motorists" and achieved some successes in rally events around Europe.

The original 1955 Rapier featured a 1390cc four cylinder engine which was equipped with a single Stromberg carburettor (twin-carbs were introduced in 1957) and produced lively performance. The engine was coupled to a manual-overdrive gearbox as standard, although curiously this did have a column shift change.


1390ccS4 OHVHillman S4 OHV76mm x 76mm8

Fuel System

Stromberg1Downdraught (DIF36)


Top Speed0-60SQMMPGEngine PwrComment
85 mph0 s0 s34 mpg62 bhp 5000


DrumDrumLockheed hydraulic (2LS on front)


WheelbaseFront TrackRear TrackLengthWidthWeight (CWT)Turning Circle
8' 0"4' 1"4' 0"13' 4"5' 0" 0 (20)34' 0"

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