1967 Sunbeam Alpine S 5
This is a smart looking example of the Sunbeam Alpine finished in white with deep tan interior. The first open 2-seater Alpines were based on the Hillman 14 and its successor the Humber Hawk. Rootes replaced them with a new smaller 2-seater sports convertible based on the current Hillman Minx and its variants. Kenneth Howes and Jeff Crompton were tasked with doing a complete redesign in 1956, with the goal of producing a dedicated sports car aimed principally at the US market. Ken Howes contributed some 80 per cent of the overall design work; he had worked at Ford before joining Rootes. Because of this the Alpine was an instant hit in the United States and also a great seller in the UK. A total of 70,000 were produced before production was stopped when the Rootes Group was taken over by Chrysler. This particular car is a series 5 model, which were the last produced and many say the best.
The series 5 final version had a new five-bearing 1,725 cc engine with twin Zenith-Stromberg semi-downdraught carburettors producing 93 bhp. Partnered with a four speed manual gearbox with overdrive these cars are an enormous amount of fun to drive.
This car comes with a large file of invoices dating back over 20 or more years, along with club magazines, original hand book etc.
This is a great entry-level classic that not only goes extremely well but has the style, rarity and cult following that many classics in this price range simply do not have.