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1963 Sunbeam Alpine Mark III Convertible
1963 Sunbeam Alpine Mark III Convertible

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1963 Sunbeam Alpine Mark III Convertible

Designer: Kenneth Howes

 

Chassis Number: 0K1002600

Engine: 1592cc/OHV in-line 4-cyl.

2X Downdraft Carburetors/85 bhp

4-Speed Manual Transmission

Four Wheel Hydraulic Front Disc with Rear Drum Brakes

 

Odometer: 85,860 Miles Showing

   

Upgraded Ignition System

Fresh Repaint

Mechanically Sound  

 

The Model: Although Rootes had acquired the Sunbeam-Talbot concern back in the 1930s, it would be the 1950s and the birth of the first Alpine sports car before the name Sunbeam was officially back in business. While the early Alpines found plenty of success, a smaller more compact version was developed and released in 1959. Kenneth Howes, who had come to Rootes from Ford Motor Company, seemed to draw some inspiration from the two-seater Thunderbirds for this version of the Alpine. Using the Hillman Husky station wagon floor-pan as a starting point, the body was smooth and sensuous, tapered slightly from front to back. The engine was taken from another Rootes group family member, the Rapier. Girling brakes provided swift sure stopping power. One of the most famous Alpines of this era had to be the little red number driven by the late Elizabeth Taylor in her Oscar winning performance for Butterfield 8.


The Car: This example was purchased by our consignor with the intentions of making it a permanent part of their collection, that is until another car caught their eye. It was given a recent cosmetic refurbishing including a fresh spray of high-quality paint in Ivory White and an entirely new interior done in contrasting bright red. You could call this a “California” version of the Alpine in that it has no soft top, just the easily removable hardtop, that has also been freshened with a new headliner. All of the rubber weather stripping was replaced, the brake system was overhauled, and, a dependable Petronix ignition system was installed. Our consignor says this car is a simple and pure motoring pleasure waiting for the next person to turn key, which could be you.

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