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100 Cars I Love – #12: 1969 Sunbeam Alpine Fastback

100 Cars I Love – #12: 1969 Sunbeam Alpine Fastback

This obscure hatchback is quintessentially British.

Greetings, dear readers. The next machine on my list of rides, the 1969 Sunbeam Alpine Fastback is a bit of a rare one, and I’m not able to find too much information about it, so this post might be a bit lacking. The Alpine was manufactured by a British Company called the Rootes Group, which was an umbrella corporation holding many famous British Marques: Hillman, Humber, Singer, Sunbeam, Talbot, Commer and Karrier. The Rootes Group was acquired by the Chrysler Corporation, and the Alpine Fastback was the final car produced wearing a Sunbeam badge, before they where all rebadged Chrysler.
This Sunbeam swansong had some elegant sheetmetal, I particularly like the greenhouse and quarter panel styling, and the grille is imposing. Styling on the Alpine Fastback was done by Roy Axe. Performance was nothing special in the Sunbeam Alpine (A quicker car with the same styling could be had in the Sunbeam Rapier H120), an inline four cylinder OHV engine displacing 1.7 liters and milling out 79 horsepower to the rear wheels via a 4 speed overdrive manual transmission. Not very many Alpines or Rapiers saw production, while not a classic, this car is certainly rare, and were I to have a 100 stall garage, spot #12 is saved for one of either.


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