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1953-55 Sunbeam Alpine


The 1953-1955 Sunbeam Alpine was an elegant two-seat open roadster based on the Sunbeam-Talbot 90 platform.

1953 Alpine convertible
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1953 Alpine convertible

Front end styling was unchanged from the Sunbeam-Talbot 90 sedan's, but a long downswept tail made the Alpine look considerably more rakish, particularly with the top down. The Sunbeam Alpine was vailable in 1954 with optional overdrive, which was then made standard for the 1955 models.

Intended mainly for export to North America, the Alpine had a minor supporting role in the Cary Grant/Grace Kelly film To Catch a Thief.

Pluses of the 1953-1955 Sunbeam Alpine:

  • Solid chassis engineering
  • Rally-winner image
  • Neat, inoffensive styling
  • Stability and road manners
  • Open-air appeal and trimmer looks

Minuses of the 1953-1955 Sunbeam Alpine:

  • Not very fast
  • Parts in short supply
  • Seldom seen in U.S.

Production of the 1953-1955 Sunbeam Alpine:

approximately 3,000

Specifications of the 1953-1955 Sunbeam Alpine:

Wheelbase, inches: 97.5
Length, inches: 168.0
Weight, pounds: 2,965
Price, new: NA

Engines for the 1953-1955 Sunbeam Alpine:

TypeSize
Horsepower
Years
ohv I-4 2,267 cc (138 cid)
80* 1953-1955

* Gross

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