Sunbeam - Sunbeam Alpine
The original Sunbeam Alpine dates from 1953, and developed from the Sunbeam -Talbot 90 saloon. Following some success in the 1953 Coupe des Alpes the model was called the Alpine. These 2.3 litre 2 door drophead coupe cars were built at Thrupp & Maberley. Production went to 1955.
In 1959 a completely different Sunbeam Alpine was built, based on the Hillman Husky. This was a sportscar aimed at the American market. Styled by Raymond Loewy, the car used the Minx 1500cc engine with twin carburettors. And it sported front disc brakes. For 1960 the =Mk.2 Alpine engine was bored to 1600cc. The Mk.3 Alpine from 1963 saw taller rear fins and a host of small changes while the mk.4 Alpine from 1964 had increased power and noticeable by having virtually no rear fins. The final model, the Alpine Mk.5 from 1965 had the stroked 1725cc engine. Sunbeam Alpine production lasted until 1968, shortly after the takeover by Chrysler.
Tyre sizes for the Sunbeam Alpine:
- all models 1953 to 1955 originally had 550x16 tyres. Blockley make s a suitable high quality 550x16 tyre.
- all models from 1959 to 1968 was 5.90x13 which is radial equivalent 165R13 and Blockley produces a 165HR13 which would be perfect.