$161.76 Per Month
HARD-TO-FIND SUNBEAM, 1725CC INLINE 4, 4-SPEED, NICELY RESTORED, RUNS/DRIVES GR8
The Sunbeam Alpine was one of those awesome experiments in British motoring that turned out much better than expected. A 2-seat sports car built by combining parts from a half-dozen other vehicles, it was the same kind of low-slung fun that the MGA and MGB represented. Today, they're a great alternative to the usual stuff you see at British car shows and prices remain quite reasonable.
This is a late-production Alpine, called a Series V, which had all the improvements integrated over the previous decade. More power, better brakes, improved handling, and a slightly more sophisticated look. Finishing it in bright red doesn't hurt and there's no denying the appeal of a low-slung sports car, even an affordable one. There's some good workmanship on this one, too, with good gaps on the bodywork (probably better than new) and a pleasing shine to the paint, which looks just about right for the time period. The hood headlights and vestigial tail fins are leftovers from the initial design in the late 1950s, but that's all part of the look and they did a nice job of updating the trim to keep it fresh. The bumpers appear to be original, so they're not quite perfect, but all the other details are very appealing, from the little side marker lights up front to the SUNBEAM lettering on the trunk lid. Those tall taillights should be instantly recognizable as well, giving this little car a big car look.
The interior has been fully reupholstered with gray and red vinyl that's not quite the way it came from the factory but quite sporting nonetheless. The contrasting red piping does give it a very British look and the low-back buckets remain comfortable and supportive for sporting drives. The gauges are big, easy-to-read Jaeger dials arranged across the dash, with secondary controls apparently stuck in wherever they would fit. The big steering wheel makes it easy to hustle the little sports car and a horn ring gives it the perfect period look. The 4-speed shifter and wooden knob are right within reach and someone has thoughtfully added a center console to add a little comfort. There's a vestigial back seat that's really more of a package shelf, but the trunk is surprisingly deep, even with a full-sized spare on board. And for weather protection, you get a nice-fitting gray top that matches the upholstery inside.
The Series V cars received a larger 1725cc engine good for 93 horsepower. Combined with the car's light curb weight and 4-speed gearbox, performance is energetic. Twin Stromberg carburetors should look familiar to anyone who has been under the hood of a British car in the last 70 years and the Sunbeam got its own unique valve cover even though the engine was shared across several platforms. The head has been reworked with hardened valve seats for use with unleaded gas, there's a new alternator, a fresh fuel pump, and there's an electronic ignition system in the distributor. It runs and drives quite well and thanks to an entirely new brake system, fresh shocks, and replacement U-joints, it feels great going down the road. Underneath you'll find a fresh stainless exhaust system and an undercarriage treated to a layer of undercoating for protection but it has nothing to hide. Factory steel wheels with hubcaps are the right look and it carries right-sized 165/80/13 radials.
A little unusual and a lot of fun, the Alpine represents the last of the independent sports cars coming out of England. With lots of recent work, this is a dialed-in specimen that's ready to enjoy right away. Call now!
Vinyl Interior, Heat, Manual Convertible Top
- Engine Size
- 1725 CC
- Transmission Type
- 4 Speed Manual
- Body Color
- Body Style
- 49,989 (Actual)
- Interior Color
- Seating Type
- Seat Material
- Shifter Type
- Center Console
Estimated Monthly Payment
Based on 20% down over 96 months