1961 Sunbeam AlpineMk. II
Year of manufacture1961
Car typeConvertible / Roadster
Exterior brand colourWhite
Coys Auction - Techno Classica Essen
Hall 3, Stand 1.02
Saturday 4th April 2009
Admission by catalogue only - admits two.
Tel: +49 (0) 201 5233 1011/1012 Fax: +49 (0) 201 5233 1251
2nd April from 10.00 - 18.00
3rd April from 10.00 - 19.00
4th April from 09.00 until start of sale
Collectors Auction at 14.00
Motorcars Auction 15.30
In 1956 Kenneth Howes and Jeff Crompton were tasked by Rootes to completely redesign the Sunbeam Alpine, the goal being to produce a dedicated sports car aimed principally at the American market. Howes contributed some 80% of the overall design work which bears more than incidental resemblance to the early Ford Thunderbird; he had, after all, worked at Ford before joining Rootes. It was three years later that the ‘Series’ Alpine went into production, and one of the original prototypes, which was raced by British Saloon Car Champion Bernard Unett, still survives.
Since its complete restoration in 2006 this very beautiful and rare Su