If you want to add a classic British roadster to your car collection, you might be tempted to get an MGB, Triumph TR (or Spitfire) and maybe a Jensen-Healey…and any of those cars would be a perfectly good choice, if there wasn’t something from the Roots group called the Sunbeam Alpine. Why? Because tailfins. End of story. Find this 1962 Sunbeam Alpine offered for $13,500 in Burlingame, CA via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.
I get it. You’ve got to find room for the big Ford V6 that you’ve found to power your small British roadster…and that means a bigger hood. Never mind that Carroll Shelby was able to shove a 260-V8 (and later a 289) under the hood of a Sunbeam without resorting to proboscis monkey styled hood, but you’ve got the fiberglass skills and the time to kill. Find this 1967 Sunbeam Alpine offered for $13,500 in Stockton, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
Out of the common British roadsters from the ’60s I have to declare that the Sunbeam Alpine is the prettiest of the crew. It also has the added benefit of being less common than an MGB or Triumph TR (or Spitfire) or Jensen Healey on the street, so if rarity, cool factor, and beauty are […]
The Hillman/Sunbeam/Chrysler/Rootes Imp was a zippy little descendant of the Scottish built Linwood Imp and was built by the Rootes Group from 1963 to 1976. It used a Beetle-esq rear-engine rear-drive setup but its body shape was anything but Buglike and it looks more like a strange cross between a Ford Escort Mk I and […]
I really want to like this next car because it is a rare and cool looking etc etc…but I just can’t shake my first impression…which was that it looked like something that Herman Munster built after binge watching the entire 4 seasons of the original Transformers cartoon while exceptionally high on barbiturates. It cool…but I’m […]
The Sunbeam Alpine was originally engineered and produced by the UK based Rootes Group (Sunbeam, Karrier, Commer, Humber, Hillman, Talbot & Singer), and around the time this Alpine was built, the Sunbeam marque was acquired by Chrysler Corp. The Alpine design work was done by former Ford employee Ken Howes, and coincidentally it looks a […]
This next car hits all the warning signs of a disaster in the making…it is sitting at a body shop and needs (“probably” according to the seller) an engine rebuild..but don’t worry because some of the disassembly has already been done for you. Bonus spare radiators in the boot. And a planned swap from Sunbeam […]
There was a time when V8 powered Sunbeam Tigers could be found for the price of this next basic inline-4 powered Alpine…but we can’t dwell in the past like a bunch of Neanderthals…right? Anyway, I still love a good manual gearbox equipped sportster with a basic overhead valve powered 4-cylinder. Find this 1965 Sunbeam Alpine IV […]
Many car publications/forums say the answer to any car related question is the Mazda Miata. If the Miata is too mundane and you need something with more savior faire, today’s affordable classic Sunbeam Alpine is a good option. The Alpine model was fitted with a four cylinder engine that put out 90 some odd horsepower […]
The Alpine was released in 1959 as part of the Rootes Group offering in their Sunbeam brand, but it used a modified floorpan from a Hillman Husky sedan but with a stylish convertible body. A few years later the Alpine got legs when the Tiger version was released with V8 power, but those are now […]