Sunbeam Alpine Series I - V (sports)

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Sunbeam Alpine Series I

The Alpine name, previously used by Sunbeam on an earlier car, was revived for this all new sports car launched in 1959. Based on a Hillman Husky floorpan, and using the 1494cc 4-cylinder engine from the Sunbeam Rapier, this new medium sized and attractive sports car was welcomed by the buying public who were at the time were not spoilt for choice in this area of the market. Performance, while not outstanding was brisk for the day, and handling was well able to cope with the cars power. Modifications were made to the series II model that was launched in 1960. These included an increase to engine capacity and improved suspension.

With the arrival of the Series III Alpine in 1964 came the option of a GT model that featured a hardtop and 2+2 seating. The GT also benefited from wood veneer dashboard and more luxurious trim, but all series III cars were fitted with twin fuel tanks and larger front disc brakes which were now servo assisted. January 1964 brought with it the next in the series - the series IV. The tail fins on this car were now much less pronounced than on the earlier models and other styling changes included a different front grille and redesigned indicators. Automatic transmission became an option on this model and in October 1964 the Alpine received an all synchromesh gearbox. The final model, the series V was introduced in October 1965 and was fitted with a stronger 1725 cc engine, but was only available with manual transmission. Styling was similar to the previous model. The Alpine ended production in January 1969 but the Alpine name was to be used again on a totally different design of Sunbeam launched in October 1969.


 

Specifications

Model

Series I

Series II

Series III

Series IV

Series V

Years Produced

1959-1960

1960-1963

1963-1964

1964-1965

1965-1968

Body Type

All steel semi-unitary construction, 2 door sports

Length

12ft 11 in

12ft 11 in

12ft 11 in

13ft 0 in

13ft 0in

Width

5ft 0.5in

5ft 0.5in

5ft 0.5in

5ft 0.5in

5ft 0.5in

Weight

2200lb

2150lb

2185lb

2253lb

2246lb

Engine

1494cc 4 cyl

1592cc 4 cyl

1592cc 4 cyl

1592cc 4 cyl

1725cc 4 cyl

Power (bhp / rpm)

78 @ 5300

80 @ 5000

82 @ 5200

87 @ 5700

92.5 @ 5500

Torque (lb ft / rpm)

89.5 @ 3800

94 @ 3800

93 @ 3600

93 @ 3500

103 @ 3700

Gearbox

4 speed manual, optional overdrive. Automatic optional from 1964

Driven Wheels

Rear

Rear

Rear

Rear

Rear

Brakes

Front disc, rear drum - servo assisted from 1963

Front Suspension

Coil and wishbone

Rear Suspension

Leaf spring, live axle

 

Performance

Model

Series I

Series II

Series III

Series IV

Series V

Top Speed

100 mph

98 mph

98 mph

100 mph

102 mph

0-60 mph

14.0 seconds

14.5 seconds

15.0 seconds

13.5 seconds

13.0 seconds

Fuel Consumption

25 - 30 mpg

25 - 30 mpg

25 - 30 mpg

25 - 30 mpg

25 - 30 mpg

 

Useful Links

Sunbeam Alpine Owners Club

Sunbeam Alpine books at Amazon.co.uk

Gallery