Thursday, September 18, 2014

5k: Simple Pleasures: 1967 Sunbeam Alpine Series V

The Sunbeam Alpine market has been riding on a wave of enthusiasm, probably initiated by the fantastically nutty Sunbeam Tiger -- as close as you can get to a real AC Cobra without selling your kidneys.   Just as any 67-67 Mustang Fastback is only minutes away from being turned into an Eleanor clone, the same goes for any Alpine: it can be turned into a Tiger clone at a moment's notice. Which is a shame, because the world doesn't need another copycat hot rod and you can have just as much fun in a 4-banger powered Alpine.  Today we found a nice looking example at a bargain price, this 1967 Sunbeam Alpine offered for $6,900 in Los Angeles, CA via craigslist.

The Alpine was originally engineered and produced by the UK based Rootes Group, but by the time this 1967 was built, the Sunbeam marque was owned by Chrysler Corp.  This particular Alpine is offered with little detail from the seller, but it is missing some minor bits, wheel covers, bumper ends.

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.

See another Maxwell Smart ready classic?

1 comment:

  1. I've owned two Alpines over the years and found them to be great little cars. This one looks nice for the price, and they have always been a cheap alternative to something Italian.


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