Sunbeam 1962

Rapier Series IIIA
Alpine Series II
Alpine Harrington

Great Britain

Harrington Alpine Type B has modified rear wings as well, doing away with the fins. Modified engines offered by George Hartwell to complete the package giving 110 mph performance.

NO change this time. None needed, either, if the model's continuingly satisfactory sales record is anything to go by. With a full four seats to the Alpine's two, the Rapier, sold in pillarless saloon and convertible forms, makes a natural choice for sports-car lovers whose family commitments incline them to something rather roomier and slightly milder in performance than the Alpine. In its present 1,592 c.c. form (earlier versions' capacity was 1 ½-litres), the twin-carburettor, aluminium-headed Rapier engine is a free and vivacious revver which nevertheless produces plenty of power "low-down". The saloon, due partly to its pillarless construction, is a stand-out for visibility, while the convertible's head is of the familiar Rootes Group type giving three alternative positions-fully closed, fully open and half-way rigged with the driving compartment open to the skies and the rear seats roofed. Drivers extras are available at option, including a heater, whitewall tyres and overdrive.
Engine capacity: 1,592 c.c. Brake horse-power: 80.25 at 5,100 r.p.m. Wheelbase: 8 ft., Price: Saloon £970.7.9. incl. PT. Conv. £1,025.7.9 incl. PT.
ONE of the few sports cars with unitary construction, the Alpine has this feature largely to thank for its hull's rigidity and good strength,, factor relative to weight. Otherwise, in engineering terms, it is fairly conventional. The specification is unchanged this Showtime. With the detachable hard-top that so many customers favour (it's an optional extra), visibility from the cosy cockpit is excellent and the car as a whole has a clean, wind-cheating look. Selling at £956-odd, purchase tax included, the Alpine comes comfortably inside the exclusive "100 m.p.h. for a three-figure price" class. Its engine, the hottest of the fours that the Rootes Group offers, is high-compressioned at 9/1, has dual carburettors and an aluminium cylinder head.
Engine capacity: 1,592 c.c. Brake horse-power: 85.5 at 5,000 r.p.m. Wheelbase: 7 ft 2 in./ Price: £956.12.9 incl. PT.

(London report)

 

Rapier

Series IIIA (1592 cc, 75 bhp)
 Saloon
 Convertible

 

Alpine

Series II (1592 cc, 80 bhp)
 Roadster
Harrington Le Mans (Type B) (1592 cc, up to 104 bhp)
 Coupé


Alpine s.II at Earls Court.


Alpine with optional hardtop.

Harrington Alpine

Le Mans 1572 cc 104 bhp  
Series C 1572 cc 87.5/90/98 bhp – October

 

Victories:

3rd RMC Rapier Hopkirk/Scott

Entries:

Le Mans 23-24.06.1962 Entrant: Results: Index:
# engine: gen. class perf. eff.
32 Alpine 1.592 cc Harper/Procter Sunbeam 15th 3rd GT 1.3-1.6 15th
33 Alpine 1.592 cc Hopkirk/Jopp Sunbeam ret. - - -
64 Alpine 1.592 cc Ballisat/Lewis Sunbeam res. - - -


Le Mans.


Alpine 1.590 cc (Peter Harper / Peter Procter) at Le Mans.


Trzecie miejsce (Hopkirk/ Scott) w RMC modelu Rapier.


A Rapier IIIA at the 1962 RAC Rally.