5k: Tigerclone: 1967 Sunbeam Alpine V6

The Sunbeam Alpine was a 4-cylinder powered British roadster sold by the Rootes Group back in the 60s.  They even built a Carroll Shelby designed V8 version, the Tiger, but those are very expensive today and even total basket cases are astronomical.  Why not try the middle ground: an Alpine converted to run a Ford V6 engine?  Find this 1967 Sunbeam Alpine V6 for sale in the High Desert, CA for $6,500 via craigslist.

This Alpine is going to be a project and with any luck won’t need a complete restoration, just some sorting, paint, rubber parts etc.  Unfortunately these kind of projects always require at least five times as much work/effort/money/time as originally expected, so budget wisely.

Under the hood is what looks like a Ford Essex V6 from a Capri or some other ’70s Ford product.  The Essex V6 was available in 2.5 to 3.0 liter versions and is probably good for around 150 horsepower, give-or-take.  Interestingly enough, the 260 V8 powered Tiger was rated at 164 hp, and you may miss the V8 exhaust note, but performance from the 2400 lb roadster should be pretty close.

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