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1966 Sunbeam Alpine Series V Roadster | by Sicnag
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1966 Sunbeam Alpine Series V Roadster

The Sunbeam Motor Car Company was established in 1905. In 1935, was taken the Rootes Group. In 1938, the name was added to their Talbot range calling them Sunbeam-Talbots. In 1954 they dropped the word Talbot, leaving just Sunbeam. The Rootes Group was taken over by the Chrysler Corporation in 1967. The Sunbeam name used until 1981.

A 2 seat open sports car produced by the Rootes Group.

Built on the floorpan of the Hillman Husky and the running gear from the Sunbeam Rapier. From 1959-64 the Alpine had quite pointed rear fins, but from the Series IV on the fins were reduced and the grille changed. At this time a V8 version was introduced, the Sunbeam Tiger, borrowing the 260 V8 from Ford.

The 1959 Series I had a 1497cc 4 cyl engine.

The 1960 Series II, almost identical to look at, got an enlarged 1592cc engine.

The 1963 Series III had quarter vent windows

The 1964 Series IV the fins were reduced and a new grille. Identified by a IV badge on the guard

The 1965-68 Series V got the larger 1725cc engine. Identified by a 1725 badge on the guard.

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Taken on February 22, 2015