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1964 Sunbeam Alpine

Specifications

  • Year
    1964
  • Make
    Sunbeam
  • Model
    Alpine
  • Exterior Color
    Blaze Silver
  • Stock #
    4523
  • Price
    $83,500

Description

1964 Sunbeam Alpine

The third generation Alpine was launched in 1959. Styled by Kenneth Howes, it was based on the contemporary Hillman Minx. It used the floorpan of the Hillman Husky, a short wheelbase Minx estate car. As launched, it used Rootes' 1494cc engine to Sunbeam Rapier specification. Initially all Alpines were built by Armstrong Siddeley. 11,904 Series I cars were made. The Series II Alpine of 1960 received a 1592cc engine and various detail improvements. Production switched to Rootes' Ryton facility midway through the Series II's life. 19,956 examples were built. 1963's Series III model gained a new interior and a roomier boot. Two specifications were introduced: Sports and GT. The GT came with a hardtop as standard equipment, but no folding hood. The lack of a hood resulted in a roomier interior and the engine was detuned for greater comfort. The Sports meanwhile had a hood, while the hardtop was optional. It also retained the sportier engine. Production totalled 5,863 units. For 1964, the Series IV saw the tailfins cut back. It received a new grille and optional automatic gearbox. 12,406 were built. The coachbuilder Harrington also produced a number of coupe versions of the Alpine which were supported by the factory and sold through their dealer network.

For consignment, a Carrol Shelby design inspired car retaining much of the charm of the original but is ready to throw down at the drop of a hat. This example, a 1964 Alpine is loaded with more goodies than a Halloween candy basket. The consignor had a vision of making it a Gentleman's Cobra, and upon finishing this read, I think you'll agree in spades that this ride has enough chutzpah to make Agent Maxwell Smart change up his opening credit ride. Trick or Treat!

Exterior
A full rotisserie custom build, the car appears as nearly stock save for the front air dam now installed on a body matching seamless fabricated roll pan and helping to keep the healthy mill cool. A single headlight on either front quarter, and a frowning horizontal ribbed grille sans a bumper below just Corvette Blaze Silver paint. All bodywork was smoothed, gaps minded to laser perfection and any minimal chrome trimmings spit shined to sunglasses status. On back are some nifty small fins if you will, which house vertical oval tail lights that cant inward giving us shades of the '57 Chevy of tri-five fame. The trunk lid is hinged by polished exterior hinges and gently moves back on a slight slope, eventually taking a dive down to the now integrated body matching rear bumper. Big dual exhaust peeks out from the center on the bottom, and I can say from experience it has a throaty sound not unlike a cigarette smoking radio voice over announcer. Under the red tonneau there is no top, so this car is a permanent convertible rocket ship. 15-inch Billet Specialties wheels are wrapped in front by 24x6R15Lt's and kn back 275/50R15's all recently mounted on. Excuse me, my shoe phone is ringing.

Interior
Upon slipping inside you will be bowled over by the overstuffed usage of smoking hot red leather. This covers a custom dash which features a driver's side located Racepak IQ3 digital dash. A smattering of buttons and knobs are also in front of the driver, and as the dash continues to the passenger, no radio and a red leather pouch in front of the passenger for storage. The dash is fronted by a Flaming River tilt steering column and wheel, with Borgeson shaft and joints. For the seating, 2 low back overstuffed bomber style buckets reside on wonderfully clean red carpeting that covers the floors that have been sprayed in Rocket liner underneath. In the center between the racy buckets is a custom fabricated red console with a small glovebox and the shifter. 2 brushed aluminum cup holders reside just prior to being under the dash, all on the hump. Door panels are also red leather and have polished cranks and actuators. No back seat, just perfectly carpeted storage which should include a pack of air sickness bags based on the performance this car has. Agent 99, throw me my gun!

Drivetrain
A flip of the bonnet, and you are treated to the totally unexpected. Here stuffed in the pristine confines of the engine bay is a GM 6.2 Liter LS3 8 cylinder mill fitted with Frankenstein 11 degree heads, a Comp Cams camshaft and 1.8 rockers. On top is a FiTech sheet metal intake, and some FiTech EFI to feed the hungry mill fossils. On back is a 6 speed manual T56 tranny complete with a Monster clutch and a Tick hydraulic throwout bearing. Power goes rearward to a Ford 8.8 inch 3.73 TracLoc rear pumpkin, that has shortened Moser 31 spline axles. Our consignor states however with no documentation that this mill produces between 500 and 600 tire frying horses. The gas pedal is fly by wire, and a new GM harness is in. An Afco radiator with a high volume Meziere water pump keeps all cool under this baby. Ready to create KAOS (Tongue firmly in cheek!)

Undercarriage
The unibody has been replaced by a 2x3 square tube double frame rail, and now showing a Heidts Superride front end with shortened control arms and coil over shocks, with a narrowed steering rack. All sprayed with Rocket liner for easy cleaning and no rust formation. On the back are QA1 rear shocks and custom made Caltrac bars with leaf springs. A new 15 gallon fuel cell with a Holley hp fuel pump feeds the LS3. For the exhale is a custom stainless steel Flowmaster exhaust taking its due from headers attached to the mill up front. Braking is Wilwood cylinders and calipers with stainless steel brake lines. Woah!

Drive-Ability
Carol Shelby definitely shows up in this highly modded version of the Sunbeam Alpine. I slipped into the red leather and just took a pause at the luxurious comfort my butt was experiencing. A turn of the key and the digital dash came to life as did the LS3, and I was off to the track in hyperdrive. The car accelerates with the best of them, stops on a dime, and handles like it's on train tracks. Our consignor states the car has nearly perfect 50/50 weight distribution, and a total weight of a mere 2300 LBS. The speedo portion of the display read zero. "" If I were in control you'd already be dead....""

WOW just WOW, I'm speechless as this build speaks for itself. Worth the price of admission and it looks mid 60's so cool. And the inspiration of Carrol Shelby in the design and concept, and in the hands of our consignor to take this car to the next level. "" Ok I'm not dwelling on this but that was some kiss"".

Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special interest automobile showroom, featuring over 600 vehicles for sale with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle barn find collection is on display.
This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown, Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is www.classicautomall.com and our phone number is (888) 227-0914. Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the vehicle in person.

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