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1963 Sunbeam Alpine SIII Gran Tourismo GT. HARD/SOFT

TOPS. OVERDRIVE. HOLBAY ENGINE. £16,995.


This impressive Sunbeam Alpine Series 3 was first registered as 707 VTX in 1963. In 1989 it gained the reg XKR 232A but paperwork in the file suggests that the original number is available from DVLA if you fill in some forms. It is the rare and desirable series 3 which is the rarest of the Alpines. It has led an interesting existence from road car specification, to race and back to fast road specification. A rare hard top GT it also has a removable soft top. This example was first restored in 1989 for classic racing and hill climbs to an extremely good standard and has been an ongoing labour of love ever since. Most recently, it was purchased from a former track racer, who in his seven years ownership race prepared this alpine, attended and raced at meetings across Europe with a degree of success. In order to be competitive, a race prepared 1725cc Coltec/Holbay engine with twin 40 Webers and a E128 camshaft combined with a 4 speed Gearbox (with overdrive on 3rd & 4th) was prepared along with up rated suspension, brakes and steering. Since then the last owner returned the car to the road. Mechanically, the suspension brakes and steering have been checked and reset due to previous use on the track. The head has been re-skimmed and a new gasket set has been fitted. Finally, the tappets have been reset and the engine tuned. This Alpine is quick! A rolling road read out in the history file shows over 130 BHP due to the Coltec engine and Weber set up and takes the performance up in to the world of the Sunbeam Tiger V8 being 100llbs lighter than the Tiger.  A very impressive history file of records accompanies the car and since 1989 dated in order of invoices, 24 old MOT's, tax discs, events and any point of interest.  Photographs, notes, letters and other various pieces of memorabilia can also be found within the history file. In 2015, this GT benefited from a full re-spray in its rare , correct and original Autumn Leaf Gold Metallic, the roof in race gloss Black and a re-trim of seats combined with replacement of rear seat panels. The paint and chrome remain in excellent condition. The car has also received in recent times a new starter motor, solonoid, stainless exhaust system, wiring loom, brake discs, recon gearbox and overdrive, clutch and a waxoil treatment. It sits on a new set of Mistral (Minilite Style) alloys and has a fresh set of Kumho Powermax 205/60/13 tyres. The mileometer is showing just 73,000 miles which could be correct but not warranted. The records show only 13,000 miles in the last 32 years. A couple of modern additions have also been sympathetically fitted; an alternative heater, fan and light controls and an iPod connection to supply music to the footwell speaker system can be found in the centre consul.  The current owner purchased the car in 2016 and has used the car to tour extensively including trips to Europe and the car has never let him down. At the classic festival in Angeloume France in 2018 it won the Concours Elegance competition. This Alpine which is truly a one off example is sure to put a smile on any Sunbeam or classic sports car enthusiasts face.

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