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Weekend Edition Quick Hit – A 1969 Sunbeam Alpine GT on Craigslist…

Jim Brennan September 7, 2014 For Sale, Weekend Edition 12 Comments

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Here we go on the Sunday Edition of the Redusernab Weekend, and I thought I would open up with a car built in Britain 45 years ago. The fact that this car isn’t just a pile of iron oxide is amazing in itself, and it probably should be saved, but are you the person who will bring this car back?

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According to the Craigslist Listing:

car was built by the Rootes group under the chrysler badge and imported by the same. this car came with a 1725 cc engine or a 260 V 8 which can be bolted directly in. this car has a 1725 with a full synchro trans and power discs up front and a posi rear end. this car runs and drives quite well and has the brakes, fuel system redone as well as tuned and is fun to drive. have most everything for it. the tires are new on the front and good on the rear. it is a restoration project car, but its very rare and worth the effort.

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There are no images for the interior, and it looks like there will be at least some rust remediation needed, but the asking price seems fairly reasonable at $2,000. Remember, this buys you a running British Coupe that I haven’t seen is quite a while, but it will take a lot of work to get right. Or you could simply sell off items, and run it at the next 24-Hours-of-LeMons event. I’m sure Judge Phil is always looking for cars from the Rootes Group to run in the event… and tell me what you would do with this Sunbeam.

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  • Fred

    The fastback Alpine never came with the Ford V-8. That was the Tiger – the previous generation Alpine with a Ford V-8. That model was discontinued after Chrysler bought Rootes in 1967 and didn't want to sell a car with a Ford engine. This Alpine was available with an engine tuned by Holbay – the H120. It looks like a 3/4 scale fastback Barracuda.

    • JayP2112

      I was about to post, "Honey, I shrunk the 'Cuda."

    • Rover_1

      And designed by Roy Axe who gave us the first Chrysler Minivans and then the Rover 800 & 600. When he was designing the Alpine, his constraint was having to base it on the Hillman Hunter Wagon platform.( 'Safari' in Australia)
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      And of course this platform had a very long production life in Iran as the Paykan. Maybe a scource of parts?

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      • mseoul

        I loves the Rootes Group's re-use of taillights among greatly different cars.

        The Alpine transmission was also used in the Jensen Healey, so there should be a way to bolt it up to those engines too.

        • Rover_1

          William Towns who designed the tail-lights on the sedan liked them so much, he used them on the Aston Martin DBS, then David Ogle used them on the Reliant Scimitar
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  • mac350

    I fear there is more rust than meets the eye.

    • Joe Dunlap

      What would I do with this? Why, soak it in a strong saline solution and finish the job, of course.

  • smalleyxb122

    I won't presume to speak for Judge Phil or any other BS judge, but I'd assume that even at $2k, this would get fewer penalty laps (if any) than a $2k Miata or E30.

  • This would certainly be a fun candidate for an engine that could use a product from that other Roots Group…

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    • BlackIce_GTS

      Not a photoshop, and it ran. Sort of.
      "We blipped the throttle once and it blew both head gaskets"
      That's all I remember.

  • zetep

    Would be nice with a tuned 260 V8, never knew they bolted that in from the factory.

  • I think this would make a great project car.

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