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1960 SUNBEAM RAPIER SERIES 3 CONVERTIBLE 69 AYM VERY NICE EXAMPLE OF A VERY RARE CAR. £19995.

A rare example of one of the Rootes groups most stylish four seat convertibles. Registered in September 1960, this fine example has had just four registered keepers from new, the second Cyril Brown for most of its life. Purchased by Cyril in 1962 the Rapier was kept garaged at his Shepperton home and used for weekend runs during the summer months which suggest its mileage of 48,000 is genuine. Cyril commissioned Bryan Witthington from Southampton a long time Rapier owners club member to undertake a bodywork refurbishment in the late 1980’s. This consisted of making good any corrosion to the front and rear wings at the same time a pair of new old stock factory sills were fitted. The all important inner front wings are rock solid as is the floor and underside cruciform bracing. The complete car was then re sprayed in its attractive original scheme of Moonstone over Powder Blue. Paintwork is almost flawless the odd little mark doing nothing to detract from its appearance and still looking incredibly fresh with a great shine. Likewise the brightwork is all in fine shape with no evidence of serious pitting to the chrome or corrosion to the all to rare lower cooling grills. The car has the benefit of overdrive fitted operating on third and top gear making cruising a pleasure. To the front is fitted a period badge bar and two auxiliary driving lamps again in period and reminiscent of the successful works team cars. The Rapier has just been fully serviced and sits on four excellent 15inch tyres making for a luxury ride. For the not so clement days 69 AYM sports a new dark blue mohair hood. The majority of Rapiers trimmed in house by Thrupp & Maberley coach builders left Cricklewood with a vinyl hood, mohair was an expensive option. The interior has benefitted at some point from a quality re trim in mid blue leather cloth complimented by blue piping with smart blue fitted carpets. One of the appeals of the series Rapiers is the beautiful burr walnut
fascia complimented by speedometer and rev counter with oil, water, amp and fuel gauges in the centre. This layout is regarded by many as the most attractive of all 1960’s dashboards, stylish and sporting. Overall a stunning example of a now increasingly rare model, when did you last see one of these on the road?

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