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1960 Sunbeam Alpine Series I

1960 Sunbeam Alpine Series I in The Love Bug, Movie, 1968 IMDB

Class: Cars, Convertible — Model origin: UK — Made for: USA

1960 Sunbeam Alpine Series I

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RoberteenCubelo0 ES

2008-07-16 18:52

GoodAfternoon dear Friends , here i leave this message in this picture and on this very nice car . Thanks .

-- Last edit: 2008-07-16 18:52:35

johnfromstaffs EN

2008-07-16 19:25

Is this not more likely to be a Tiger? The Alpine was a hairdresser's car that wouldn't pull a greasy man out of bed. (1592cc and 80bhp for early Alpines)

dsl SX

2010-12-13 23:15

Leoz wrote Alpines had the name in chrome letters on the hood too, this is a Tiger

Both Alpines and Tigers had Sunbeam lettering on strip between grille and bonnet, so not a point for separating them. Tiger Mk1 had a chrome side strip which Alpines did not, but this could be a de-trimmed car. Modified grille, but I'd guess this is an early Alpine S1-3 up to end of 1963 with the small sidelights (which was raced in USA club events). There is nothing else here which means it can definitely be identified between Tiger and Alpine.

concorde US

2011-03-26 00:54

The stance of this car is slightly more Tiger-like, but it could be either depending on the race setup. There aren't any other definitive clues on the car itself. The front turn parking lights could be early-Series Alpine, but they're pretty fuzzy to tell for sure.

However, the cars depicted by the film in this race are small-bore. I don't recall seeing a bunch of V-8 powered cars, like the Tiger, or Mustangs or Corvettes, etc.

Alpines were NOT a hairdresser's car. Factory Alpines competed and finished at LeMans. They were raced all over the States in the 60's. Stirling Moss ( no hairdresser) raced Alpines several times.

milano164 US

2013-07-08 15:15

It is an Alpine. I think it was raced by Don Sansanac #67. Don's Alpine could be seen in a number of race on the West Coast (California) during the mid-late 60's but I don't know much more about Don. In the Santa Barbara race programs they list the color of his car as Chianti.

Most people forget the Alpine was competitive within its SCCA class. The Sports Car Club of America would divide classes up by competitive ability. In international racing the FIA didn't differentiate other than displacement which left many production sports cars at a disadvantage competing against small specialty production sports cars like a Porsche Abarth. Therefore in the SCCA the Alpine would be "classed" with MGA's, TR-3's, Turners, Datsun 1600's, and others (BTW< this changed from year to year depending on how the SCCA classification committee felt the production car classes needed to be adjusted to keep things interesting). For instance, the Alpine was moved to E-production in 1963. E-production was primarily dominated by Porsche 356 Normals. The Alpine of Don Sesslar's tied for the National championship in points that year.

Often there would be events where classes were intermixed particularly in endurance events. The race you see in the photo resembles the 3 hour enduro held at Riverside in the 1960's. In one of those early events Jack Brabham and Stirling Moss drove an Alpine to third overall and first in class beating a number of more powerful exotics.

BTW< the Alpine won 2 national championships and as always in the top 3 in it's national class rankings during the 1960 to 65 period.

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