£834 (incl. P.T.)
Chrysler's factory up at Linwood in Scotland turns out this special high-performance version of the rear-engined Imp for enthusiastic drivers. It's a rewarding car too, with extremely nippy performance from its twin-carburated light-alloy 875 c.c. engine, excellent handling, light steering and powerful servo-assisted drum brakes. The interior is luxuriously finished, with reclining front seats and simulated walnut facia and cappings. There is twin-headlamp treatment for the front end, and the useful opening rear window for easy shopping.
£902 incl. P.T.)
The Stiletto satisfies drivers who prefer the fastback look, and don't mind sacrificing the useful lift-up rear window of the saloon Imp. Mechanically it is like the Sport, using two Stromberg carburettors on the 875 c.c, engine to boost output to 51 b.h.p. But it weighs a little less and goes a little quicker. All the Imp derivatives have a superb little gearbox and precise steering, which add immensely to the pleasure of driving them. This one has a comprehensive standard of finish, with lots of equipment to keep a keen motorist happy.
£1,239 (incl. P.T.)
The previous Alpine was a two-seater sporting car, but this one is very much a refined fastback Coupé, with room for four and a good sized luggage boot. It shares the body of the Rapier, but the power plant is the ubiquitous 1725 c.c. engine in a lower state of tune, with single carb and an output of 74 b.h.p. That is good enough for 90 plus motoring combined with 30 miles to each gallon with a little care. The finish is (you almost say 'naturally' since it is the old Rootes firm) first-class, with the nice feature of fully disappearing side windows.
SUNBEAM RAPIER & H120
Rapier: £1,408 (incl. P.T.)
H120: £1,624 (incl. P.T.)
Top car in the Chrysler U.K. range is the H120 - a special high performance version of the Rapier which itself is no slouch. The elegant and well-finished Rapier uses the 1725 c.c. engine with twin carburettors and other mods to obtain an output of 88 b.h.p. and an extremely brisk performance. The H120 has a Holbay tuned version of the engine, which gives considerably more power and enables this particular four-seater to reach a speed of 108 m.p.h. You can spot it by the upswept spoiler on the boot lid, special wheels and paintwork.
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