1960 Sunbeam Rapier Convertible For Sale

£18,500 Or near offer

Price £18,500Or near offer
Ad Type For Sale
Category Classic Cars
Make Sunbeam
Year 1960
Mileage 44,000 Miles
Country United Kingdom
Region Devon
Telephone 01803 211697
Status Private
Ref C1386912
Very original unrestored 1960 Rapier convertible with good history. First fussy owner until the early 1980s when it was sold by a well known London dealer with just 14, 000 miles at that time and was in mint condition having been rarely used and always kept in a dry garage. It was then passed through two enthusiasts hands and became a show winner of several car events during the 90s. Sold to its 4th owner in the late 1990s the car travelled to Ireland, returning to the UK a few years ago, still in lovely but dusty condition. I have carried out various minor repairs, improvements and detailing. These have included a new exhaust, set of 4 shock absorbers, battery, wheel bearings, thermostat and housing, new set of rubber door seals, wax oiling etc. She starts instantly, pulls well, runs smoothly and has good brakes. The overdrive also works. Interestingly, the series 3 is quicker than the later series 3A - it will do 0-60 in 16 seconds, whilst the 3a is reported to be 19 seconds. The colour is 'Moonstone' white is a lovely soft shade of white, which is its original colour. The carpets and interior are totally original. The original vinyl or rexine hood is still sound but as you would expect after 60 years its a bit frayed at its edges. I have not replaced it - its part of its history. It has a Tonneau Cover, which is a useful and unusual feature. The knock-on wires wheels are rare to be seen on these cars and was an expensive option at the time, and look stunning. The original green handbook is still in the glovebox. During 1999 the car was used briefly in the feature film 'Animal Farm' where it can be seen cruising down country lanes with the hood down. What is unique about this car is that it has not been restored, welded or messed around with. Its body panels look to be m. m. perfect - all original and so is most of its paintwork. The mileage shown is 44, 000 - this might be correct although there are no service records to substantiate this. If you are looking for an original and unrestored un-messed with classic Sunbeam Convertible at a sensible price, this may be the one to add to your collection. MOT until May 2022.
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