I don't own a Sunbeam* but I grew up around them- my dad had several, starting with a Series I that had been my mom's first new car before the two of them met. That's actually why I'm here. I got to wondering what happened to my dad's last Alpine (the sole survivor of his bunch). Of course I don't have a VIN or a license plate number or anything concrete, but I figured maybe, just maybe, if I described it enough, somebody recognise it, although honestly I'm not really expecting results. But anyway, here goes.
That last Alpine of my dad's was a '67 Series V, BRG with steel wheels. He was living in Georgia at the time he sold it, although I don't recall whether he was living in Milledgeville or Atlanta- he sold the car right around the time he moved from Milledgeville to Atlanta, which was in 1988. The car had a burnt spot on the bonnet from an engine-fire in the late '70s, and that fire actually sealed the deal for Dad to buy the car, oddly enough. It had a new top on at the time and also had a brake-problem (faulty booster? memory is foggy). Dad also had just about everything needed to do a restoration, probably included in the sale: a whole spare powertrain, new sets of carpet and upholstery still in boxes, the knock-on wire wheels and spindles from the old Series I, etc. My dad's name was Jerold L. and he was a psychologist at the state hospital, and also owned a pair of Alfa Romeos. His nickname for the green Alpine was Henrietta, although I doubt that he would have told the buyer that.
Does this ring a bell to anybody?
*But I do have an old Lotus.
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