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Sunbeam Rapier III

Overview

Produced: 1959-1961, 15368 produced.
Types: Saloon,2 doors,4 seats
Convertible,2 doors,4 seats
Sunbeam Rapier III

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.

Sunbeam continued to develop and improve the Rapier and introduced a Mk III version in 1959. The Mk III now had an alloy cylinder head, front disc brakes and a close ratio gearbox. In 1961 the model was updated yet again and became the Rapier Mk IIIA. The Mk IIIA had a new 1.6 litre engine which developed 80bhp and improved performance.

Engines

CapacityConfigModelBore/StrokeCR
1494ccS4 OHVHillman S4 OHV79mm x 76mm

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