Classic Status Achieved: 1965 Sunbeam Alpine

You don’t need to have a degree in Classic Carchaeology (if that isn’t a thing…it should be) to know that the Sunbeam Alpine is a good looking automobile with serious future collector status.  The convertible British roadster market is saturated with MGBs and TR6s, but a nice condition Alpine for less than ten grand sticks out like an instagram babe at a plumbers convention.   Find this 1965 Sunbeam Alpine offered for $9,800 near Cincinnati, OH via craigslist.  Tip from FuelTruck.

The Sunbeam Alpine is probably better known by its Shelby cousin – the
Sunbeam Tiger (an Alpine with a V8).  But the Alpine is a simple British roadster from the Rootes Group with classic 50’s
styling cues (tail fins!) and athletic sports car aspirations.

The Alpine is powered by a simple 1.7 liter inline-4 cylinder engine fed
via twin Zenith-Stromberg semi-downdraught carburetors and good for 93
horsepower.  The seller makes the strange statement: this car has not being started , but it runs.  It
is anyone’s guess as to what that means, but it would be nice to keep
this one as a simple Alpine and avoid the inevitable 289 cubic inch V8
swap, even if the current engine is fried.

This Alpine sports a mostly new interior (including weather strips and seals) and the body was resprayed in the original color about 15 years ago.  It really looks like a nice car to have for a starter classic that won’t need a bunch of work.

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