Property of a deceased's estate 1968 Sunbeam Alpine Series V Roadster Registration no. YEV 841F Chassis no. B39501517HRO Engine no. B39501517HRO
Aimed at the North American market, where British sports cars were enjoying considerable success, the Sunbeam Alpine was produced between 1959 and 1968. Built on the Hillman Husky II floorpan, the Alpine employed Sunbeam Rapier running gear and the same 1.5-litre, overhead-valve, four-cylinder engine found in many of Rootes' other products. In Alpine form the unit boasted an alloy cylinder head and twin carburettors, producing 78bhp, an output good enough for a maximum speed of almost 100mph. The Alpine was progressively improved through Series II-V, gaining an all-synchromesh gearbox in 1964 on the Series IV and a 1,725cc, five-bearing engine in 1965 on the Series V, which also marked the arrival of alternator electrics and an oil cooler, unusual standard features at that time. This Series V Alpine appears complete and although it has straight body panels there is some surface corrosion evident. Left standing and not run for many years, 'YEV 841F' will require extensive re-commissioning at the very least or, more likely, full restoration before returning to the road. Finished in red with black interior, the car is offered with old-style Swansea V5 incorrectly recording both the registration mark and owner's name! A hardtop, offside front wing, spare sills, five wire wheels and four spinners are included in the sale. Sold strictly as viewed. No reserve.