The second picture shows my Sunbeam on the Mann
Egerton stand at the Motor Show in 1933.
The car is as near original as I
can get it, resprayed in its original Ivory with black wings. The colour was found
by carefully rubbing down the paintwork ( all 14 layers) until we found
the original paintwork. Although the car seems to be more pale yellow
than ivory the final selected nearest match was a 1950's colour from
Rolls Royce, described as Ivory.
The engine was rebuilt in 1956 and is still running
OK as is the gearbox. However the differential unit failed, stripped
pinion, and had to be replaced.
A Ford type overdrive was fitted
to give a higher cruising speed with less strain on the engine. The
fitting can be reversed as there are no additional holes in the chassis
and the original propshaft was retained.
The interior and hood have been replaced over the
years but all the panels ,instruments and glass are original.
The last owner kept the car form 1955 until I bought
it in 1997 , so it has been in constant use for all of its life, albeit
covering a relatively low mileage each year.
Another major decision had to be
made this year2010 and that was to sell the Sunbeam. In the last 2 or 3
years I have covered less than 100 miles per year and that is simply not
right for this car. Racing the Riley and Caterham take up much of my
time together with family commitments and this will not change in the
foreseeable future. So now the car has a new owner in Vienna and he has
already covered more mile in a few months than I did in 3 years.
The first photo is a copy of a postcard depicting the
Sunbeam Land Speed Record car.