1953 Sunbeam Alpine Special

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  Lot #550  (Sale Order: 50 of 89) 
Sold for: £53,000.00 to onsite
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A superbly restored 'Special' delightfully presented in Sapphire Blue with an 'Extra-light Fawn' leather interior.

In recent years this car has formed part of a large collection and as such has received little or no use and an element of recommissioning is to be expected to return it to the road once again. Your inspection pre-sale is welcomed and encouraged to appreciate the potential of this rarely offered motor car which is strictly sold as seen.

  • The 1953-55 Sunbeam Alpine was an elegant two-seat open roadster based on the Sunbeam-Talbot 90 platform
  • The 'Alpine' name was adopted following the Talbot 90 Team's success in the Alpine Rally in late 1952
  • Only 93 examples of the 'Alpine Special' were built in total, 43 in RHD, and we believe that only 33 survive
  • The Special's engine was developed by ERA and produced 97.5bhp/142lb.ft courtesy of a modified cylinder head, larger inlet valves, raised compression ratio, gas-flowed manifolds and a twin-choke Solex 40 PII carburettor
  • A Sapphire Blue Alpine featured prominently in the 1955 Alfred Hitchcock film "To Catch a Thief" starring Cary Grant and Grace Kelly
  • After many years in storage, this particular car was comprehensively restored around 10 years ago by marque specialist, Ken Sparkes. It was superbly finished in Sapphire Blue and 'Extra-light Fawn' leather emulating the iconic Grace Kelly car
  • It was cossetted as a part of a private collection for a few years and more recently has been on display at the British Motor Museum, Gaydon
  • Although not warranted, we believe the indicated mileage of 21 has been the total covered since the Ken Sparkes restoration

You can now book a one to one appointment (up to one hour) to view this lot at our central location between 11th and 17th September. Please contact Richard Greenhalgh on 07948 152 921 / richard@classiccarauctions.co.uk to secure your appointment or to discuss the car in more detail.

The health and safety of both our customers and team remains the utmost priority, we are therefore operating to strict COVID-19 guidelines and full instructions for arrival and inspection protocols will be given when making your appointment.

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This item is part of CCA SEPTEMBER CLASSIC CAR SALE 2020 - DAY 1
 Friday, Sep 18, 2020 | 12:00 PM  EUR (BST)
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1953 Sunbeam Alpine Special
1953 Sunbeam Alpine Special
Lot number: 550
Seller: Classic Car Auctions Ltd.
Ends: Friday, September 18 | 12:00 PM  EUR (BST)

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