<B>1955 SUNBEAM  ALPINE ROADSTER<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. A3502014<BR />Engine no. LRX10359

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Lot 81
1955 SUNBEAM ALPINE ROADSTER

Sold for US$ 46,200 inc. premium
1955 SUNBEAM ALPINE ROADSTER

Chassis no. A3502014
Engine no. LRX10359

2,267cc OHV Inline 4-Cylinder Engine
Stromberg Downdraft Carburetor
80bhp at 4,200rpm
4-Speed Column Shifted Manual Gearbox
Coil Spring Independent Front Suspension, Leaf Spring Live Axle Rear Suspension
4-Wheel Drum Brakes

*Revival of a famous model and history
*Sporting performance with luxury
*100mph performance
*Sleek two-seat design



THE SUNBEAM ALPINE

In the long record of tangled automobile company histories, perhaps none is more tangled, nor more long-lived, than Sunbeam.

Oh, Begun at the dawning of the automobile age from John Marston's Sunbeamland Cycle Factory in Wolverhampton, England, Sunbeam over the years manifested the close cooperation with, and competition between, the automobile industries evolving in parallel in England and France.

Sunbeam began automobile manufacturing by assembling French Berliet automobiles in England. Its most notable success came under the guidance of a French engineer, Louis Coatalen. After the First World War it merged with Talbot-Darracq, itself the combination of the French Clément-Talbot and Paris-based but British owned Darracq. Clément-Talbot was named for its French inventor and its British importer, the Earl of Shrewbury and Talbot.

S.T.D., as the combine became known, continued operating on both sides of the Channel including obtaining the services of Swiss-born engineer Georges Henry Roesch, then chief engineer of Clément-Talbot. There was some interchange of ideas among the diverse entities and there also were some remarkable automobiles including several Land Speed Record holders.

This convoluted design/manufacturing/sales structure finally collapsed and in 1934 was acquired by the Rootes brothers where Sunbeam and British Talbot joined Hillman and Humber, eventually selling rebadged Rootes Group cars under the hyphenated Sunbeam-Talbot name. The revival of French Talbot fell to Tony Lago, but that's another story.

Post-war Rootes introduced the Sunbeam-Talbot 90, an upscale Humber Hawk, and proceeded to score some success in international rallying including a second place finish in the Monte Carlo in 1951 driven by a young Brit named Stirling Moss. This success induced Rootes in 1953 to rebody the 90 saloon as a 2-seat open roadster and name it Alpine. In 1955 Talbot was officially dropped from the marque name.

The Alpine was attractive enough to win an important supporting role in Alfred Hitchcock's 1955 movie To Catch a Thief, appearing with Cary Grant and Grace Kelly in a memorable driving scene along the Riviera.

The confused history of Sunbeam is evident in the 1955 Sunbeam Alpine Roadster offered here. Its hood top badge prominently reads "Sunbeam-Talbot". Word of the name change apparently had not reached the assembly line soon enough.


THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

This Sunbeam Alpine Roadster is liveried to match the To Catch a Thief car in light blue with beige leather upholstery piped in light blue and a beige cloth top with dark blue binding. It has a tachometer in the dash, mirrors on the fenders, banjo spoke steering wheel (like the one capably handled by Grace Kelly on screen), blue steel wheels with hubcaps, trim rings and 5.50-16 bias ply whitewall tires.

It had a competent restoration some time in the past and the paint, chrome and interior are still good. The chassis and underbody have been restored without being disassembled and the engine compartment is clean and orderly but also showing the restoration's age.

This is a dramatic, sound, usable car that can be used as is while also benefiting from cosmetic attention and detailing. It isn't the movie car, but it comes with a movie poster.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note that the correct engine number for this car is A350201.
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<B>1955 SUNBEAM  ALPINE ROADSTER<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. A3502014<BR />Engine no. LRX10359
<B>1955 SUNBEAM  ALPINE ROADSTER<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. A3502014<BR />Engine no. LRX10359
<B>1955 SUNBEAM  ALPINE ROADSTER<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. A3502014<BR />Engine no. LRX10359
<B>1955 SUNBEAM  ALPINE ROADSTER<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. A3502014<BR />Engine no. LRX10359
<B>1955 SUNBEAM  ALPINE ROADSTER<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. A3502014<BR />Engine no. LRX10359
<B>1955 SUNBEAM  ALPINE ROADSTER<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. A3502014<BR />Engine no. LRX10359
<B>1955 SUNBEAM  ALPINE ROADSTER<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. A3502014<BR />Engine no. LRX10359
<B>1955 SUNBEAM  ALPINE ROADSTER<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. A3502014<BR />Engine no. LRX10359
<B>1955 SUNBEAM  ALPINE ROADSTER<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. A3502014<BR />Engine no. LRX10359
<B>1955 SUNBEAM  ALPINE ROADSTER<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. A3502014<BR />Engine no. LRX10359
<B>1955 SUNBEAM  ALPINE ROADSTER<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. A3502014<BR />Engine no. LRX10359
<B>1955 SUNBEAM  ALPINE ROADSTER<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. A3502014<BR />Engine no. LRX10359
<B>1955 SUNBEAM  ALPINE ROADSTER<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. A3502014<BR />Engine no. LRX10359
<B>1955 SUNBEAM  ALPINE ROADSTER<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. A3502014<BR />Engine no. LRX10359
<B>1955 SUNBEAM  ALPINE ROADSTER<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. A3502014<BR />Engine no. LRX10359
<B>1955 SUNBEAM  ALPINE ROADSTER<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. A3502014<BR />Engine no. LRX10359
<B>1955 SUNBEAM  ALPINE ROADSTER<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. A3502014<BR />Engine no. LRX10359
<B>1955 SUNBEAM  ALPINE ROADSTER<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. A3502014<BR />Engine no. LRX10359
<B>1955 SUNBEAM  ALPINE ROADSTER<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. A3502014<BR />Engine no. LRX10359
<B>1955 SUNBEAM  ALPINE ROADSTER<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. A3502014<BR />Engine no. LRX10359
<B>1955 SUNBEAM  ALPINE ROADSTER<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. A3502014<BR />Engine no. LRX10359
<B>1955 SUNBEAM  ALPINE ROADSTER<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. A3502014<BR />Engine no. LRX10359
<B>1955 SUNBEAM  ALPINE ROADSTER<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. A3502014<BR />Engine no. LRX10359
<B>1955 SUNBEAM  ALPINE ROADSTER<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. A3502014<BR />Engine no. LRX10359
<B>1955 SUNBEAM  ALPINE ROADSTER<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. A3502014<BR />Engine no. LRX10359
<B>1955 SUNBEAM  ALPINE ROADSTER<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. A3502014<BR />Engine no. LRX10359
<B>1955 SUNBEAM  ALPINE ROADSTER<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. A3502014<BR />Engine no. LRX10359
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