1959 Sunbeam Rapier Series III Saloon  Chassis no. BS3002674HSOOD Engine no. B3002674

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Lot 542
1959 Sunbeam Rapier Series III Saloon
Registration no. TRX 111 Chassis no. BS3002674HSOOD Engine no. B3002674

Sold for £ 10,580 (US$ 12,770) inc. premium
1959 Sunbeam Rapier Series III Saloon
Registration no. TRX 111
Chassis no. BS3002674HSOOD
Engine no. B3002674

Footnotes

  • Its styling inspired by Raymond Loewy's Studebakers, an entirely new range of cars was introduced by the Rootes Group in the mid-1950s, the first arrival with this new look being the Sunbeam Rapier. A two-door sports saloon, the latter was announced in 1955, in advance of its Hillman and Singer siblings. Whitewall tyres and a chromed waistband dividing the two-tone colour scheme were obvious transatlantic influences, while the Rapier's pillar-less bodyshell and unique wind-down rear quarter window made for the ultimate in fresh-air motoring this side of a full convertible. Styling changes, mechanical improvements and larger, more powerful engines were introduced as the Rapier progressed through Series I to V over the next ten years.
    This Series III version has the 1,494cc, 73bhp engine and front disc brakes. First registered on 7th December 1959, the car is believed to have had only two registered keepers from new. A hand-written note on file records the fact that the current keeper bought the car in November 1961 and that it has been laid up on blocks in his garage since 1968. Unrestored and original, 'TRX 111' has covered only 13,550 miles from new and is offered with Swansea V5C.
1959 Sunbeam Rapier Series III Saloon  Chassis no. BS3002674HSOOD Engine no. B3002674
1959 Sunbeam Rapier Series III Saloon  Chassis no. BS3002674HSOOD Engine no. B3002674
1959 Sunbeam Rapier Series III Saloon  Chassis no. BS3002674HSOOD Engine no. B3002674
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