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SUNBEAM SPEED 20

 

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.

 

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