This Sunbeam 24/ 60 was originally purchased by famous Grand Prix and Vanderbilt Cup racer Dario Resta.
Resta, who went in to the automobile trade and drove a 1906 Grand Prix Mercedes at the opening meeting at Brooklands in 1907. By 1912, Resta was driving for Sunbeam, and participated in driving a six-cylinder Sunbeam at 90 mph for 1, 000 miles!
Resta ordered this powerful chassis and it exported to the U. S. It is widely speculated that this chassis was used in the factory display at the 1921 New York Auto Salon, however we can neither confirm or deny this.
Brewster Body & Co. were commissioned to build this lightweight aluminum phaeton body. Brewster kept with the Sunbeam's narrow proportions and created a very sleek and elegant and sporting body. The body has interesting features, such as a locking tool compartment inside of the passenger's door. There is also space beneath the front seat for storage of parts and additional tools.
Under the bonnet lies the tall 6 cylinder, dual overhead came engine. It measures in at 4, 500 cc and retains its original Claudel carburetor. The engine compartment remains very tidy and is currently running on a Stewart-Warner autovac system. Under its current ownership, the car has been gone through, and is now a sorted example. The rear end has also been addressed, with a more modern rear end and torque tube installed (the original is included).
The dashboard in this prewar Sunbeam is marvelous, with its wonderful Jaeger, Smiths and Westinghouse gauges. The Jaeger speedometer sports a beveled glass lens, while a handsome keyless 8 day Rim Wind - Rim Set clock sits in front of the driver. Adding to the cars interior charm, is the original key for the locking glove box. Being an original body on chassis example, even the floor boards and seat frames still retain their factory numbering.
After Mr. Resta's ownership, the car would later be purchased in the mid 1940s by the founder of the Sebring 12 hour Grand Prix, Alec Ulmann. Mr. Ulmann, a pioneer of sports car racing in North America (SCCA) would shortly sell the car to major collector D. Cameron Peck. Correspondence between the two parties, show Ulmann's selling the Sunbeam for exactly what he paid for it, $300. 00 in addition to shipping expenses of $8. 25. Peck, one of the most prestigious post WWII American car collectors, amassed up to 135 cars. His collection ranged from a 1884 DeDion steamer to Ettore Bugatti's personal Bugatti Royale. Peck retained this Sunbeam until approximately 1955, when it was sold to a collector in Ohio. Since then, the car has passed through only two other private collectors, one a notable New Englander.
In 2008, this Sunbeam joined a small high caliber Massachusetts collection, being driven regularly in good weather, and attending local car shows. This powerful Sunbeam runs and drives well, with recent Blockley tires on freshly powder coated rims. Rarely seen, a very impressive prewar touring car!
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