John Webber
John Webber
6/25/18 2:14 p.m.

Story by John Webber • Photography As Credited

By the late 1950s, Britain’s Rootes Group had gained a worldwide reputation for building solid and dependable–if a bit stodgy–sedans like the Humber, Hillman, Talbot and Sunbeam. Introduced in 1959, the stylish Alpine roadster marked the company’s entry into a growing sports car market then populated by Austin-Healey, MG and Triumph. But the Alpine, with its folding top, roll-up windows, plush interior and compliant suspension, soon became known more as a civilized GT rather than a true sports car.

While this roadster’s creature comforts appealed to many buyers, hard-driving enthusiasts seemed to prefer the Alpine’s rowdier rivals. So Sunbeam set its marketing people to work finding ways to punch up the Alpine’s reputation as a real competitor.

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dougie Reader
6/25/18 11:45 p.m.

This car was in my race group at The Rolex Monterey Historics in 2013, well prepare for an endurance race, but really lacked the grunt needed for the sprint races of "modern" style vintage racing.


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