Wed, 17th Oct 2018 13:00

Imperial War Museum Duxford

  Lot 23

1953 Sunbeam Alpine

Sold for £15,469

(including buyers premium)

Lot details
Registration No: MDA 215
Chassis No: A3013285
Mot Expiry: Exempt

- Delivered new to the Willenhall Motor Radiator Company

- 1 of just 1,582 examples and 80,928 recorded miles

- Restored, however in need of light fettling

This early Mark I Alpine was delivered new to the Willenhall Motor Radiator Company on December 31, 1953 by Wolverhampton Motor Services Ltd. It retains the same 'MDA 215' registration number to this day, as well as the eye-catching livery of Red bodywork teamed with Red-piped Black interior trim. It is the subject of a deceased estate, the owner of which was in the throes of finishing the restoration of the car, there is therefore a degree of light fettling still required to complete this rewarding project. Upgrades installed include a more powerful Alpine Mark 3 engine and floor-mounted gearchange, and the Sunbeam comes complete with sought-after sides-screens, hood and hood frame. One of just 1,582 such examples made, the Roadster displays a credible though unwarranted 80,925 miles from new. A sports version of the Sunbeam Talbot 90, the model drew its name from Sunbeam's earlier successes on the Alpine Rally.

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