Sunbeam Alpine Sport 1967

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Lot No: 46

At a Glance:

Year Make Model Mileage ESTIMATED SALE PRICE
1967 Sunbeam Alpine Sport 98,688 (Not Warranted) £13,000 - 14,000

Description:

Auctioneers Notes

The following is an extract of the 6-page A4 size description written by the previous owner who loved this car for 37 years.

“I left University in 1979 and in 1980 I began trawling the local papers in Birmingham for any Alpines for sale. I eventually found one on the way to Stratford on Avon and duly handed over £500 to become its proud owner. The engine turned out to be a Holbay 1724 cc with twin Weber 40 DCOE’s .

In 1996/7 I decided that she deserved a proper restoration and I entrusted the work to Classic Rebuilds, Sutton Coldfield, who were specialists in restoring Alpines and Tigers. The car was delivered to them in the summer of ’97, where it was completely stripped and shell-blasted back to bare metal before receiving comprehensive attention to any areas of corrosion with new metal being let in as needed. In fact, apart from some minor old bumps and dings which required rectification, there was little or no structural corrosion. Many layers of primer and finally a low bake paint finish, finished in Ferrari Rosso Corsa was applied. This is also fully documented.

Mechanical components were inspected and replaced or refurbished as necessary, at Classic Rebuilds, County Durham workshop – all details are on file – a new Mohair hood was fitted, she had new carpets, new Minilite copy GB Alloys were fitted with new tyres 165 x 13. The car was with the restoration company for a number of months before I collected her and proudly drove her home.

Early in 2004 I noticed some micro blistering in the paintwork and this was most likely caused by some moisture having been trapped under the paint. The car was put into store and there she lay until 2012 when with a burst of enthusiasm I decided to re-commission her. It became clear on examination that the engine had seized and the micro blistering had certainly not improved. The recommissioning process has been gradual and came to fruition in 2016.

The engine was entrusted to Paul Inch in Plymouth for rebuilding costing in excess £1000. Holbay flat top pistons are not available anymore but an identical result is achieved by using Roots flat top pistons.

I took the opportunity to fit a new free flowing inlet manifold which had been developed specifically for the Alpine and it was cast by Webcon Ltd. It is designed to take the modern Weber 32/36DGV twin choke downdraft carburettor.  This is jetted specifically for Alpines and is as effective as 40 DCOE’s and easier to keep in tune. I purchased this carburettor from Fast Roadcars in South Wales and a purpose-built air intake was also fitted at a combined cost of over £650.
Under the bonnet I also fitted several upgrades.  A USA sourced front alloy timing cover which incorporates a proper oil seal around the (new) harmonically damped crank pulley.  Although coming at a cost of $ 499, this elegantly solves the known issue of oil leaks passed the original version with its ineffective reverse scroll oil thrower. Timing chest and rocker cover seals have been specifically re-manufactured in silicone material in order to cure other known leaks.
A remanufactured radiator with improved cooling matrix (triple core) was recently supplied.  Electric screen washer conversion was fitted using the original switch gear.  Bespoke crank case breather system including an alloy catch tank.  Stainless steel exhaust.  New high-torque starter motor and she has had an alternator fitted plus a lot more.
The body work was taken back to bare metal, prepared and painted by Ken Bowker of Paintworx in Cornwall at a cost of £3000.  Ken is a respected vehicle restorer.
To total cost of all the works undertaken since 2012 has amounted to a documented sum of £7403 and I probably have forgotten quite a few things.  The original restoration ’97/’98 totalled up to £8444 and I have receipts to back up this figure.
 Andrew Kerr, 20.4.18
Click here for a breakdown of work from 1997/8
Click here for a breakdown of work from 2012

Full Details:

Lot No. 46
Auction 24th April 2020
Vehicle Make Sunbeam
Vehicle Model Alpine Sport
Year of Manufacture 1967
Mileage 98,688 (Not Warranted)
Registration HOV161E
Date first Registered 1967
MOT N/A
Chassis Number B395009218HR0
Engine Number Not Stated
Estimated Sale Price £13,000 - 14,000

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