Last modified August 4, 2000

Sunbeam Alpine Sports (1953-1955)...Images

This color in the photos above, despite the digital variations and your monitor is very close to the original "Alpine Mist" . This standard color is often mistaken for the darker "Sapphire Blue" used in the the Technicolor "To Catch a Thief" car. Alpine mist is available as an early '90's Ford color...I'll look it up if you need it.

Girls just wan'na have fun!

I won't say The Sunbeam Alpine Sports is "a woman's car" as is said of some of the junior Mercedes models of the era, but it is certainly not a threatening "macho" machine. A guy who would buy his wife a Viper (or a Hundai for that matter) just doesn't get it. Women look great in this car and they know it. It's like a fine piece of jewelry that says to rivals "Hey girlfriend, somebody loves me...a lot!" I don't know how many guys have bought this car saying it is for their wife or sweetheart. And hey, what greater compliment can a man pay to a woman than to say in effect, ' only a car of this stature and rarefied glamour is capable of framing your beauty and eleganance dear'...or, if you're broke, or can't find a Sports, you could give her a foot massage.
Grille on views. R to L: An original red Sunbeam Alpine Sports in front of a castle in England; and another red one by a stone wall..probably in Lake Country somewhere. Another blue right hander over there on the green somewhere, and finally Norman Marshall's very sporting white one up in Vancouver, B.C. The English in their typically understated way seem to favor black walled tires for these cars, perhaps evoking the memory of the rally cars. The American versions generally seem to sport the wide 2+ inch white sidewalls popular with "personal cars" at the time. Visually I think the white sidewalls are a must to bring out the period "elegance" of the cars and go well with for instance the red leather seats with white piping. I imagine the sidewalls were one of Lowey's little touches.
(Above) This is one of those rare automobile designs that looks great from any angle, and it's a bit fortuitous too as the car was never drawn up from scratch but is really just a customized 4 seater. From the side (see 'Girls' top) the roughly equal lengths of the front hood (bonnet) and rear deck (boot area) placing the passengers right in the middle looks just right (and is just right since the boot holds lots of gear) for a touring car. Think of the Auburn boat-tails for similar proportions. There are those of us who appreciate a rear view, and this car has it all...a long beautiful expanse of smooth, gently sloping sheetmetal from the back seat to under the rear bumpers...we know these panels spent a lot of time being gently massaged back and forth in an English Wheel by a couple of experts :~) To make a proper, bondoless repair of this deck is going to cost you big time so don't park under any balconies with flower pots! The beauty on the far right is for sale!
The dash. L to R: Here's Norman Marshal's again. Note the racy Brooklands folding windscreens (which were apparently a factory option). The tachometer is low in the center. This car has been converted, as most Sports have been, to a floor shift (turn the tranny 90°). In the middle is a right hander showing the column shift and the rather rare original radio. Not sure if this is the original way to mount one or not. On the right, another shot of a lefty with an apparently different treatment on the radio. And, on the far right (links to another site...come back:~), this car has a Tiger engine and is for sale!
Below are some snaps and links of Sunbeam Alpine Sports that people have sent in, or I have found on the net.


Here is Bob Hamilton's pretty white Sunbeam Alpine Roadster. You can see other pictures of it and its beautiful stablemates. on his page... If you are in North America and you wind up with one of these cars, you are certainly going to meet Bob Hamilton...the "Man of Many Sunbeams."

Here's a very interesting car...apparently very correct on the outside, but with a V-8 Tiger enine inside. This is a Mark III 1955 version...and, it's for sale! Looks like a deal to me! It's in Palo Alto, California.

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