Classic Car Catalogue

Sunbeam 1960

Alpine Series I - discontinued
Alpine Series II - October

Great Britain

October '59

Sunbeam stand at Earls Court

Sunbeam Rapier Series III form, from September 1959 feature a number of changes, including front disc brakes, a close ratio gearbox, larger windscreen, front side grilles with four instead of two narrow horizontal bars, narrower side flashes and a polished walnut facia with crash roll pad. The Rallymaster four-cylinder, 1494-cc, ohv power unit develop 78 bhp at 5400 rpm. Saloon and convertible versions are available, priced at £985 and £1042 respectively.
Sunbeam Alpine Sports Tourer was launched in the summer of 1959. This attractive two-door, two-seater (with occasional rear seats) is powered by an uprated 1½-litre Rapier engine which develop 83.5 bhp at 5300 rpm, and fitted with a close ratio gearbox. The distinctive body styling feature a sloping bonnet, narrow oval grille with horizontal bars, and tail fins. 11.904 Series I cars were made. Externally identical Alpine MkII introduced in the summer of 1960 have 80 bhp 1592cc engine and 100 mph top speed.

Rootes announced a larger engine of 1,592 c.c. for the Sunbeam Alpine, giving an extra 3 b.h.p. and an extension of useful torque. Stiffer crankshaft, new clutch and wider rear springs were includ­ed in the transformation and the disc front brakes were given sheet metal shrouds to counter rapid pad wear.
London report

W ciągu dwóch lat produkcji pierwszej serii Alpine powstały 11904 egzemplarze.



Series III (1494 cc, 73 bhp)

Rapier – October's Earls Court report.

From a marque pre-eminent in the world of competition motoring comess a brilliant New Sunbeam Rapier . . . bred from the experience which has brought consistent success to the time-honoured name of Sunbeam.
Up-to-date technical advancements, skilfully blended into the well-proved Rapier design, endow this quality car with even greater performance; more safety - plus reliability and economy.
Concealed beneath the swift elegance of the smartly styled body lines is a superbly designed 1½ litre Power Unit; precision built to place added force behind the keen, spirited Rapier thrust.
As you relax in the luxury and comfort of this exciting new model you will appreciate the rare discernment applied to every detail . . . the spaciousness, the generous legroom and the ail-commanding forwardd vision.
A turn of the ignition/starter key - and the engine leaps to life, ready to take you on the road to exhilarating motoring pleasure, in the manner that has taken Sunbeam along the road to Rally fame.



Series I (1494 cc, 78 bhp) - end
Series II (1592 cc, 80 bhp) - new

Alpine s.1

Alpine s.2