Tuesday, December 2, 2014

1k: Mazda 12A Swap: 1969 Sunbeam Alpine Fastback

 The Sunbeam Alpine Fastback was another Rootes Group oddball to come from the factory in Ryton-on-Dunsmore, Warwickshire.  Whereas the Alpine convertible was a small 2-seater based on the Hillman Husky, the Fastback version was a 2+2 based on the Hillman Hunter and was essentially a low trim version of the Rootes Arrow based Sunbeam Rapier Fastback.  Confused?  Don't be, just buy this 1969 Sunbeam Alpine Fastback project here on craigslist powered with a Mazda 12A rotary for $1900 and report back to us when it is complete.  Tip from Kaibeezy.

This Alpine Fastback is a project with a capital P!  The seller has already installed a Mazda 12A rotary and 5-speed manual gearbox, but also added BMW 2002 struts, brakes, and adjustable coil overs for the front suspension and a small ford axle for the rear.  Some of the necessary adjustments include sourcing new wheels for the front and some paint.  A lot of paint.

The seller has all of the trim pieces and glass that are impossible to find, plus a few other pieces necessary to use as templates for new pieces.  Overall, this looks really tempting.  tips@dailyturismo.com


  1. I see a lot of promise. Problem is, I also see hundreds of hours of work. Probably a decent deal for someone under-employed. I wish I had the kinda time that project requires. I kinda want it, but I already have one 12a powered Brit, and no time or place to work on another. I guess my meds are finally starting to kick in.

  2. Hey, this one's in my shared space... help free up some room! It really does look like a pretty solid starting point with some of the hard work already done. And, see if you can ID the other oddball projects in the background.

  3. Gen 1 Ford Fiesta, Peugeot 604. Nash, and a Harley?

    1. You got 2 right. Ever seen a Ford Corsair?

    2. So the red Peugeot 604 , and red Nash are both corsairs? I missed noticing the right hand drive of the car behind the sunbeam .The sissy bar is covering it's most distinguishing feature. And the taillight of the other car is hidden too


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