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1954 Sunbeam Alpine Restoration
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nqtraderman



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Location: Southport, Merseyside

PostPosted: Mon Apr 11, 2011 9:29 am    Post subject: 1954 Sunbeam Alpine Restoration Reply with quote

Hi guys, new member here, I am coming to the end of a 5 year restoration of my 1954 Sunbeam Alpine 2 seater roadster seen here and have just found this site so thought I would introduce myself and post a link with further details & photos. The site text is pretty old now as I got bored with all the updating but there are loads of photos. When I get round to it I'll re-write the lot !

Here's the link to my site :

http://tinyurl.com/6bsesvs



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Churchill Johnson



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 11, 2011 7:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome,nice motor john!
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peter scott



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 11, 2011 7:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Beautiful car! I always loved the old Alpine although I only ever owned a Rapier and and low finned Alpine.

Have you managed to tace any previous owners or history for your car?

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nqtraderman



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 11, 2011 9:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ah well here's the story. When I bought this car 30+ years ago I had the original green log book with the names on it. I tried to contact some of the previous owners but gave up .. probably all to easily .. but I was a lot younger in those days.

Anyway time moves on and the car's documentation was "lost" during my divorce along with some of the rarer spares I had. So alas that document is long gone. But the registration EX places it in the South East coastal area I believe although the archivist from the club told me it was originally exported.

The wiki entry for Alpines http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunbeam_Alpine quotes 1582 of these were made and I know that the vast majority went to USA, remainder to UK and smaller numbers exported to Australia, South Africa and I believe Southern Ireland.

Having had every nut & bolt off the car I can find no trace of a LHD to RHD conversion so if it was used abroad it stayed RHD. Where it went to and when it came back over here is a mystery. But I bought it in 1978 from a car dealer in Streatham, South London (that's since been demolished) and apart from a couple of years use in the early days its been in lock-ups ever since until 5 years ago when I decided to restore it. Hopefully this summer it will be on the road once more.


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Rick
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 11, 2011 10:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very nice, as a nipper we'd often holiday in South Wales and there was an Alpine just like that abandoned down the side of a disused commercial garage. I wish I'd made a few enquiries now!

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nqtraderman



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PostPosted: Fri May 06, 2011 5:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

5 Years .. from this :


through this :



and today .. one of these :



Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 08, 2011 9:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The restoration for this summer is now completed. Its time to get out and about and enjoy the driving.

Here are some updated photos :

http://www.billmolloy.co.uk/1954SunbeamAlpine/
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Churchill Johnson



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PostPosted: Sat Jul 09, 2011 8:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

An excellent restoration well done
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scott_budds



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 18, 2011 3:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Amazingly well done, that looks so lovely!!

Buddsy
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 19, 2011 11:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What an amazing transformation Very Happy

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