1962 Sunbeam Alpine Series 2
Photographed in November 2018 at Richmonds, South Australia
The Sunbeam Alpine was built by the british Rootes Group from 1953 to 1965, and then again from 1959 to 1968 as a 2-door Fastback. The car pictured here is from the second series of the first generation of Alpines.
Initially called a Sunbeam-Talbot, The Alpine can trace it's history right back to Clement-Talbot, which the Rootes Group bought in 1934, and to the Sunbeam company, which was close to bankruptcy in 1935 when sold by the receiver.
The Alpine used parts from other vehicles in the Rootes Group. The floorplan was from a Hillman Husky Estate Car, the running gear came from a Sunbeam Rapier, with disc brakes added.
The little 1.6 Litre inline 4 cylinder engine pushed the Alpine to 98.6 mph, with a 0-60 time of 13.6 seconds.