THRIFTY THURSDAY - 1962 Sunbeam Alpine Series II Sport Roadster 4-speed manual with hardtop - Collector Car Canada
THRIFTY THURSDAY – 1962 Sunbeam Alpine Series II Sport Roadster 4-speed manual with hardtop



THRIFTY THURSDAY – 1962 Sunbeam Alpine Series II Sport Roadster 4-speed manual with hardtop



This 1962 Sunbeam Alpine Series II Sport Roadster 4-speed manual comes to us from a small dealer in hobby cars.  It is the first in our Thrifty Thursday series.  The dealer acquired it from the estate of the long-time owner.  The Sunbeams still enjoy a strong following after having commercial success in the 1960s.

A red Sunbeam convertible was featured in the tv show “Get Smart”, the daily driver of Agent 86.  When it came time to produce the “Get Smart” movie in 2008, the filmmakers decided on a red Sunbeam Alpine much like this.  James Bond also drove one in 1962’s “Dr. No”.  Please see some fun video just before the Gallery and a few movie-sourced photos at the end of it.  Please note – photos of the subject car were taken in 2021 and the car was safely stored soon after.


CCC Vital Info – 1962 Sunbeam Alpine Sport Roadster 4-speed manual with hardtop

Lot – 043
Seller – Memory (Dealer)
Seller location – Fisherville, On N0A
VIN – B9116813
Odometer – 29,312 miles shown – TMU
Engine Info – 1.6L inline-4 cylinder
Transmission Info – 4-speed manual
Exterior Colour – Red; Interior Colour – Black
Other features – New convertible top, Separate hardtop (missing rear glass),.
Category – British
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This car is red with a black soft top featuring new fabric and black interior.  Paint and chrome retain a lustrous shine, reflective of the long-term indoor storage by the long-time owner.  They give a nice accent to the finned-style rear.  Original badging and lights are intact, without weathering or cracking.  Four-lug thirteen-inch wheels feature four double spokes and are shod in Hercules tires.  With unibody construction, the Alpine weight in at a mere 2,085 pounds.  A black hard top is also included, though the seller notes that it is without rear glass.  The new owner may prefer to source Lexan polycarbonate, perhaps easier to procure than new glass.  We will also note that the soft top shows a less than snug fit.  The seller speculates that it will mould better to the car with some use/wear and notes that British sports cars of the era were not known to be water-tight; he is offering uninstalled weather-stripping as an inclusion.  Small garage owners, take heart:  the Alpine measures a mere 155 inches in length.


On the inside, the car reflects that its roots are from a period where a sports car was known as one with two seats and a convertible top; creature comforts were not generally offered.  Black vinyl seats present quite well with little wear and no tears.  The car does offer a centre console, it follows that the hand brake is operated with the driver’s left hand when seated in the driving position.  Door interiors feature the basics:  crank windows, manual locks, door latch and door handle – all in chrome and backed by black vinyl door cards in nice condition.  Instrumentation is business-like and straightforward:  speedometer, tachometer, temperature and fuel gauges as well as an analog clock.  The two-spoke steering wheel frames a round circular horn button and is wrapped in an aftermarket leather cover.  The shift knob is not original and illustrates a shift pattern different from this car’s.

The Alpine possesses a 1.6 litre four-cylinder engine which employs dual carburetors.  The four-speed manual transmission sends the power to the rear wheels.  While the factory rating of 84 horsepower (at 5,300 RPM) may be low by modern standards, it should be considered with the light weight of the car – as well as the 4-speed.  Factory torque rating was 90 lb.-ft at 3,600 RPM.  Seller reports that the engine runs well, though is difficult to start; he believes a carburetor overhaul will remedy this.  Seller also advises that there are electrical issues with wipers and some of the lights.

This 1962 Sunbeam Alpine Sport Roadster 4-speed manual is available in Fisherville, Ontario and can be viewed by appointment.  Fully-registered CCC members can use the “Contact Seller” button at the base of the “CCC Vital Info” information box.

Sunbeam Alpine in film:

Video – 1962 Sunbeam Alpine Sport Roadster 4-speed manual – Scenes from Dr. No (released 1962)

Video – Sunbeam Alpine Sport Roadster 4-speed manual – Scene from Get Smart movie (released 2008)

Please note – the final five photos in the Gallery are NOT of the subject car.  They are for illustration purposes and sources are listed below them.

THRIFTY THURSDAY – 1962 Sunbeam Alpine Series II Sport Roadster 4-speed manual with hardtop

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Hello, live nearby, any chance of having a look.