About This 1953 Sunbeam Talbot
Posted: 07 Sep 2009
Sunbeam-Talbot commissioned industrial designer Raymond Lowey, credited with the design of the coke bottle, Shell Oil logo, and Studebaker Avanti, to design a new rally car.
In 1953 Sunbeam-Talbot introduced the sporty Alpine roadster to complement its existing model 90 saloon and drophead coupes. Utilizing the same reliable 2,267 cc inline four-cylinder powerplant with greater compression and horsepower, the British Alpine's design was simply beautiful; featuring a louvered hood, doors without outside handles, and a leather interior with bucket seats that removed for comfortable seating at elegant picnics, polo matches and other outdoor events. All of these stylish components imparted an obvious grand touring, if not downright sporty character.
The Alpines were hand built byThrupp & Maberly coach builders, established in 1760, who produced a range of superb bodies for up-market British and European marques, Including Rolls Royce, Bentley and Daimler.
In production for just two years, only 3,000 Alpines were produced. It is estimated that less than 200 remain in existence today.
Six Alpines entered the 1953 Alpine Rally with four finishing, one of which, was driven by Stirling Moss who finished first. Sheila van Damm won the Coupe Des Dames in the same rally in her Alpine. In Belgium, Ms. van Damm became the first woman to reach 120 miles per hour in a production sports car. The car she piloted to this significant accomplishment was of course, her Alpine.
In 1955, a 1953 Alpine, similar to this beautiful example now being offered, was featured prominently in Alfred Hitchcock's compelling film, To Catch a Thief, starring Cary Grant and Grace Kelly.
This pristine example also benefits from considerable rarity and a half century of single-family ownership.
It has been driven only 40,000 miles since leaving the Sunbeam factory. Period correct throughout, and never having undergone an in-depth restoration, the car was repainted only once and the interior has been beautifully re-trimmed. Finished in sparkling Alpine Mist white with a bright red interior, it has a lovely black canvas top and black side curtains. The gear box, a smooth four speed unit, is mated to the car's original four cylinder engine and is operated by a steering column mounted shift lever. Other notable features include period correct steel wheels, wide whitewall tires and factory optional heater, tachometer and radio.
Specs & Details
Exterior Color: white
Interior Color: red
Miles Driven: 40,000
Source: Black Horse Garage
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