The first Sunbeam to wear the Alpine name was this two seat roadster built from 1953-1955, taking its name from Stirling Moss's victory in the Alpine Rally at the wheel of a Sunbeam-Talbot 90 sedan. Powered by Sunbeam's 2,267cc overhead valve four-cylinder engine producing 77 horsepower and driving through a 4-speed manual transmission, the Alpine's performance was sufficient to earn Sheila Van Damm the distinction of being the first woman to exceed 120mph in a production-based sports car. Only about 3,000 were built and finding one in the very attractive condition of this Coronation Red 1953 is extremely rare. The interior is an attractive Maroon while the top is Tan cloth with chrome framed side curtains. Fitted with whitewall tires, hubcaps, trim rings, a badge bar, radio and a louvered hood, this example also has a sharp little tachometer mounted in a fitted shell below the center of the dashboard, just in front of the floor-mounted shift lever. It is perfect for tours, historic rallying and other events where its style, rarity and distinctive appearance will make it a very welcome and unusual participant.
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