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1960 Sunbeam Alpine Series I

1960 Sunbeam Alpine Series I in Les demoiselles de Rochefort, Movie, 1967 IMDB

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

1960 Sunbeam Alpine Series I

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sixcyl FR

2005-12-04 17:13

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Une Sunbeam Alpine Sports Car de 1960 ou une Series II de 1961-63, compte tenu de la position du bouchon de réservoir visible sur cette photo, je serais tenter de dire Sports Car.

Alexander DE

2005-12-04 17:49

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The second generation Sunbeam Alpine used 'Series' instead of 'Mk.' to distinguish it from the 1953-55 Alpine.

Here we have a Series I or II, as sixcyl already said. The phrase 'Sports Car' was not used in Britain, as far as I know. Was it used in France?

You may allow me to add 'Alpine Series I' and drop 'Sports Car' to match it to all the other Alpines.

Extra info:
Alpine S1 : Oct 59 to Oct 60
Alpine S2 : Oct 60 to Mar 63
Alpine S3 : Mar 63 to Jan 64
Alpine S4 : Sept 64 to Sept 65
Alpine S4a : Sept 64 to Sept 65
Alpine S5 : Sept 65 to Jan 68

sixcyl FR

2005-12-04 18:31

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Up to my documentations, this new design of Alpine presented in October 1959 was designed "Alpine Sports Car" for 1960 model. There were produced 11904 "Sports Car". One year later in Oct 1960 was presented a modified model named "Series II" with main modification about the engine: 1,6L instead of 1,5L.
So now, I would say that maybe this designation "sports car" was only used for french market?...There is a search to be done. However, the year model is 1960 and not 1959..

antp BE

2005-12-04 18:33

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Even if it was used only in France, I think that we could keep it. It is not the first time that the name changes between countries. We could maybe put it in the Extra Info field if it is better that the Series I stay together, I let you decide ;)

sixcyl FR

2005-12-04 18:47

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If I'm not wrong, according to the convention we've decided, if it is a french market name, then it even should be named "sports car" , the film beeing shot in France, the car supposed to have a french number plate (yellow on the rear...appearing in the first years of the 60's)is a french Sunbeam.
It is the same logic than for a "Laguna Estate" which became "Laguna Grantour" for a belgish film, or a Ford Scorpio named Granada in UK...

Alexander DE

2005-12-04 18:52

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Quote However, the year model is 1960 and not 1959..

I am always unhappy with this model year business. It is okay (okay-ish) for the US where the models changed every year. But in Europe (and Asia, too, I think) models change at any time of the year. Usually the month is give next to the year.

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