Styled by the Loewy Studio - that's Raymond Loewy the for the Sunbeam, the ‘Series’ Alpines ran from 1959 to 1968 as 4 versions, the Series III across 1963-64 and brought in a raft of improvements and Series IV from 64 to 65 all cars got the high output 82bhp engine, the fins began to shrink and in autumn ’64 gearbox gained synchro on 1st.
Under the elegant and rakish sports car exterior, the Alpine drew on components from across the Rootes Group, the floor pan was modified from a Hillman and the running gear came from the Sunbeam Rapier coupe
The Sunbeam was fully restored some time ago by a previous owner but still holds up well with only a few minor blemishes. The current owner has not had it long but has just serviced the Alpine, which has also had new tyres and battery in the last 1000 mile. He is downsizing much of his collection and decided to part with this one.
The car comes with its V5 in the current owners name and a folder of older receipts including some interesting photos, possibly from the 1980s of the car taking part in the Liege-Rome-Liege road rally, so it has led a very interesting life!
The cabin is dominated by the big two spoke steering wheel - there are just a few light marks in the leather rim - with its chrome horn ring, ahead of the very 1960s flat black dash filled with round chrome bezelled dials. There is a little wear to the black painted metal surrounds of the controls and steering wheel spokes and the dash top has a split above the speedo.
The blue carpet and seats look to have been replaced and re-trimmed respectively, the carpet having almost no wear, just some heel marks in the foot wells, and the seats, light blue with dark blue piping with matching door cards, have barely aged.
Below the dash a rocker switch has been added to flick the overdrive in and out.
It appears to have been a very good restoration when the Sunbeam was done. The paint still has a good shine and the panel gaps are excellent. After some years there are a few marks in the finish now, the odd small scratch or crack in the lacquer but otherwise very presentable. The chrome bumpers and other brightwork is excellent, there is no pitting or dulling to the finish.
The hood is very smart and fits well. It appears to have been replaced when the car was restored. The back window is quite clear, but there are a couple of nicks to the black fabric of the rear panel.
Under the car all looks good. The chassis and floor appear solid and have a good coating of underseal to keep it protected. The car has had a recent service and we are told it is running well, including the overdrive which has been added.
The Alpine was treated to new tyres and a new battery less than 1000 miles ago.
These charismatic British sports cars have huge appeal, pretty, fast (for the time) and fabulous mid century fins and chrome style. Having been restored some time ago the car is believed free of corrosion and looks superb in metallic blue and with new service, tyres and battery is ready to be enjoyed.
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