Sunday, March 6, 2016
Nissan Powered: 1967 Sunbeam Alpine
The basic idea behind an engine swap is that you take a slow car and make it faster...or a boring car and make it exciting...or make a faux version of a special edition. For instance, many folks have dropped Ford 289 V8s into Sunbeam Alpines to make fake Tigers, but this next swap is a real head scratcher. Find this 1967 Sunbeam Alpine with Nissan power offered for $4,500 in Lakewood, CO via craigslist. Tip from Zach Z.
The "60s" Alpine was built in five separate Series that started with a Hillman Husky floorpan and a bunch of mechanical parts donated from other Rootes Group cars. The Series V Alpine was originally sold with a 1.7 liter inline-4 that made 93 horsepower from a set of twin Zenith-Stromberg carburettors.
This Alpine is now powered by a 1.6 liter Nissan/Datsun engine which isn't identified by the seller but appears to be a J-series, an overhead valve truck engine that should be good for something like 77 horsepower...now why would you put that in your red Sunbeam Alpine and paint it blue?
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