1967 Sunbeam Alpine


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1967 Sunbeam Alpine Series V Roadster
Registration no. PAB 692E
Chassis no. 395015513GT0DHRC

'The original Alpine, of 1953 to 1955, had not sold as well as the Rootes family had hoped, but the second attempt was much more successful. This time the car was not to be lumbered with an old-fashioned chassis; it would have ultra-modern style...' – Graham Robson, 'Cars of the Rootes Group'.

Aimed at the North American market, where British sports cars were enjoying considerable success, the Sunbeam Alpine was produced in five series between 1959 and 1968. Built on the Hillman Husky II floor pan, the Alpine employed Sunbeam Rapier running gear and the same 1.5-litre, overhead-valve, four-cylinder engine found in many of Rootes' other products. In Alpine form the unit boasted an alloy cylinder head and twin carburettors, producing 78bhp, an output good enough for a maximum speed of almost 100mph. The Alpine was progressively improved through Series II-V, gaining an all-synchromesh gearbox in 1964 on the Series IV and a 1,725cc, five-bearing engine in 1965 on the Series V, which also marked the arrival of alternator electrics and an oil cooler, unusual standard features at that time.

As a competition car, the Alpine is mainly remembered for some sterling performances at Le Mans where it won the Index of Thermal Efficiency in 1961. In rallying though, the Alpine found itself pitted against the larger engine and more powerful Triumph TR3As and Austin-Healey 3000s. Leader-board finishes were hard to come by, although Rosemary Smith's Coupe des Dames in the 1963 Tour de France was a notable result.

This Series V Alpine was purchased by the late Paul Jennings in October 2016 (receipt on file). Accompanying copies of V5 documents and a photocopied continuation logbook contain details of previous owners dating back to 1972, while also on file are sundry invoices dating back to 1985 and a quantity of MoT certificates, the most recent of which expired in March 2017. A workshop manual is included in the sale.