The first generation of Sunbeam Alpine was produced in 1953-54 and was named after the prestigious Alpine Rally which ran through the mountains of France and Italy. The name was resurrected in 1959 for a new model, the principle subject of this book. It was launched in July of that year on the French Riviera and remained in production until 1968. The Alpine was used in racing and rallying in many places including Britain, continental Europe, the United States and Canada.
In this book, author John Willshire looks at the history of the Sunbeam Alpine, its development and production history, the different variants produced and its use as a rally and race car as well as advising those who want to own and operate their own Alpine today. The first book dedicated to the history of the Sunbeam Alpine alone for more than twenty years, this is the first book on the subject with such a wide range of historic and modern photographs.
Sunbeam Alpine - All Models 1959 to 1968 - The Essential Buyer's Guide
Rootes' Sunbeam Alpine sportscar was the flagship of its car range. Here, all the various models and production changes are described and illustrated in detail, along with what it's like to own, drive and live with an Alpine - one of the best engineered, stylish and practical cars of its time, and still satisfying to drive today.
If you're thinking of buying an Alpine, this book will help you decide which model you really want, and learn exactly what to look for when you go to view a car. By using a thorough points-based assessment, you can decide with your head - not your heart - so you can make the right decision, and pay the right price. Benefit from the author's forty years' of Alpine ownership experience and engineering expertise, all in one book!
Features: - Definitive detail on each model of Alpine, year by year - 40+ years' experience of Alpine ownership in one book - Written by a professional engineer, author and historian - Answers the questions 'what exactly is it?' and 'is it what you want?' - Helps you decide if an Alpine is really as good as it seems - and what it's worth - Photographs of common problem areas - Gives links to the Alpine community, worldwide.