Roadtrip: Sunbeam Alpine

Sunbeam Alpine British Sports Car from the 1960s in bright red
Sunbeam Alpine British Sports Car from the 1960s in bright red

This little beauty is a late 1960s Sunbeam Alpine.  It was a spry, little sports car made in England, and happens to be the 4-cylinder cousin to one of my favorite cars of all time–the Sunbeam Tiger

Carroll Shelby’s team of engineers took one of these cars, made the appropriate modifications, and replaced it with a highly modified small block Ford V-8 engine (with one configuration putting out more than 400 hp).

The stories were that when they replaced the 300-pound 4-cylinder engine with the 800-pound Ford V-8, it handled more like a pickup truck than a sports car.  Even with the weight increase, the car still weighed less that 2500 pounds . . . which made it practically a rocket ship.  (No comparison to your actual Rocket Ship, Mr. Musk.)

I saw my first Sunbeam Tiger on Get Smart.  Maxwell Smart drove a Sunbeam Tiger, and that was good enough for me . . . . 

Kinda makes you want to take a road trip, doesn’t it?

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