I knew this would happen soon. The E36 prices have gotten so low they are now being scrapped for their sweet inline-6 engines...it was only a matter of time. E36 M3s have been donating their engines to other BMW product for years (that is fairly common) but now they are starting to pop up in all kinds of Datsuns and now...for the first time...in a Sunbeam. Find this 1967 Sunbeam Alpine project with BMW M3 power offered here on craigslist for $7,300 in Rancho Cordova, CA. Tip from an anonymous commenter.
Where to begin? This car is a complete disaster, and an incredible beast all in one red package. The BMW S52 inline-6 has been goosed up to 300 horsepower, but it isn't installed in the car just yet. It sits over a modified Mazda MX-5 Miata front suspension, also not installed in the car.
If all the parts are here, this could be an incredible find for a father/son project, or a high school autoshop with a small budget...but the wrenching hours are going to be significant. Fortunately, the final product will be worth something on the open market because the Tiger clone Alpines can pick up big money.
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