Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Basic Roadster: 1965 Sunbeam Alpine IV

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 offered for $12,990 in Sonoma, CA via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.

From the seller:
1965 Sunbeam Alpine 
VIN: B94104172lrx 
fuel: gas 
title status: clean 
transmission: manual 
Little known fact...the very first Jame Bond film "Dr. No" featured a Sunbeam Alpine and was the first "James Bond Car."

Very nice older restoration matching numbers car that has been lovingly cared for many years. Recent carburetor re-build, new tires, tune up, and ready to enjoy for that special person that wants to drive something unique yet still fun to drive. 4 speed manual synchro transmission. Long time family ownership California black plate car. Nice Panasport racing wheels. No rust issues. Very solid body. Car is currently in Salt Lake City.


  1. I forgot how clean the lines are on these cars. Looks like a well cared for example. Nice colour and good wheel choice. Too nice to "Tiger-ize", in my opinion.

    1. Agree! Gaaaa I can resist anything but temptation! If that car weren't 1,800 miles from me, I'd be sorely tempted. Willing to bet that some SOB will convert that, too much money to be had.

  2. I sold my Alpine a few years back for this money. For a non-rusty runner that looks this nice, I hope someone grabs it and drives it as it is. These have a really nice light touch ride on the open road. Mine had been fully restored with everything new in the suspension and steering. I still have a freshly rebuilt engine for this model floating around in the shop. The handling and ride is seriously altered with a big motor up front but that likely won't stop the conversion crowd. I miss mine and preferred the Sunbeam over the same era TR4A I have. The wife likes the Triumph lines more and space was limited so the Alpine went. The TR was quicker for sure and had OD which made it easier to use. Only OD option for the Sunbeam is the earlier non-synchro 1st gear box from a Mk 1 or 2. Or an expensive conversion from Australia which sounded great but was very pricey. This is tempting but in slim down mode at the moment.


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