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233 - 1966 Sunbeam Alpine Series V Convertible

 
 
 
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Registration FHJ 113D
Chassis Number B395004778HRO
Engine Number B395004778OD/H/H50
Odometer reading 91,680 miles
Estimate No Reserve

Launched in 1953, the Sunbeam Alpine, a two-seat open sports car, was the first vehicle from Sunbeam-Talbot to bear the Sunbeam name alone since the 1935 takeover of Sunbeam and Talbot by the Rootes Group. Ken Howes and Jeff Crompton were tasked with doing a complete redesign of the Alpine in 1956 with the goal of producing a dedicated sports car aimed principally at the US market. Ken Howes contributed some 80% of the overall design work and, throughout its production cycle, the Alpine was manufactured in four subsequent revisions through to 1968. The Series V Alpine was produced from 1965 through to 1968, the final version having a new five-bearing, 1725cc engine with twin Zenith-Stromberg semi-downdraught carburettors producing 93bhp.

This 1966 Sunbeam Alpine Series V convertible looks attractive with its red coachwork and contrasting black interior and is presented in good order. The weather protection not only includes a soft-top, but also a hard-top for the more harsh conditions. In fact, we think the Alpine looks rather attractive with the hardtop fitted as well as its convertible hood down option. An overdrive gearbox means that cruising at higher speeds is more comfortable whilst a set of Wolfrace wheels certainly give the Alpine that period look. We are advised that the car was purchased from a deceased estate with a view to preparing the car for rallying however, due to personal circumstances, this has not come about so the car has become surplus to requirements. A small history file accompanies the car as well as, what appears to be a useful original factory workshop manual and a parts book. We are advised that this UK registered Sunbeam Alpine will arrive at the sale with a fresh MoT test certificate and is offered without reserve.