Strike silently 1966, lang jeffries carries out a quick fix to the engine of a red sunbeam alpine before driving off. It was a smart 2 door styled by the raymond loewy studios. The project was instigated by the companys west coast, usa distributor, rootes american motors inc, which was. The sunbeam alpine series i, ii, iii, iv and v is a british sporty twoseat open cars, produced from 19591968.
If you have a rootes group sunbeam, hillman, humber, singer, etc. It was later modified specifically to run in the 1965 targo florio international fia race in sicily where it finished 2nd in class and 16th overall, driven by accomplished rally drivers peter harper and reverend rupert jones. The win likely spurred sir william rootes push to see his rootes group expand sales in both europe and north america. It turned out to be a rare prototype, and now hes restored it 30s. This is a highperformance v8 version of the sunbeam alpine, designed in part by american car designer and racing driver carroll shelby and produced from 1964 until 1967. Sunbeam studios is a unique blend of edwardian elegance and modern aesthetic, offering a flexible blank canvas location ideal for glamorous product launches, del. Sunbeam, singer, hillman, humber, and more chrysler bought many classic car companies when they acquired rootes group in the 1960s and 1970s. If the mgb is likened to a twoseater austin cambridge, then the sunbeam alpine just has to be a huskier hillman minx.
As clementtalbot limited it had made talbot cars since 1902. Rootes revival nearly 30 years ago, simon goldby bought a sunbeam alpine as a daily driver. The company first made bicycles, then motorcycles and cars, from the late 19th century until about 1936, and applied the marque to all three forms of transportation. Note the talbot crest, which later became the sunbeam badge under rootes. The rootes group talbots, built in london, were being confused with lagos talbots nee darracqs, built in suresnes. A tenant, sunbeam studios, is named after the sunbeamtalbot car briefly.
Home london sunbeam studios shrewsbury hall studio 4 shrewsbury room serves as a wonderful space ideal for your meetings and small presentations. The sunbeam alpine is a twoseater sports drophead coupe produced by rootes group from 1953 to 1955, and then 1959 to 1968. So when sunbeam was bought by rootes in 1935, its days of motor racing looked to have come to an end. With an impressive collection of drivers, rootes set about designing a. In the housing area there are short links one named humber drive and a hillman drive each side of a small park and there is a sunbeam crescent. More than 69,000 alpines had been sold, but after 20 years of success, rootes severed its ties with sports cars forever. Rootes arrow was the manufacturers name for a range of cars produced under several badgeengineered marques by the rootes group later chrysler europe from 1966 to 1979.
Sold 1966 sunbeam tiger v8 mk 1 classic car for sale in louth lincolnshire duration. Comparisons with the mgb are inevitable, and justified, and the rootes effort is the sweeter running car although more of an urbane tourer than an outandout sportster like the mg. Meanwhile, these cars can be seen as both in american and in british movies and tv series. Inspired driver 1953 sunbeam alpine sports hemmings. The five best wedding venues in west london from the riverside to. This particular mk1 tiger was originally registered to rootes ltd. The sunbeam tiger is a highperformance v8 version of the british rootes groups sunbeam alpine roadster, designed in part by american car designer and racing driver carroll shelby and produced from 1964 until 1967. Rootes provided britain with 14% of its bombers, 60% of its armoured cars, 35% of its scout cars, 50000 aero engines, 300000 bombs, etc, etc.
The west coast sales manager of rootes american motors inc. Home london sunbeam studios talbot hall studio 3 talbot hall is a luxurious space with period features and marble floors. Sunbeam studios is a unique blend of edwardian elegance and modern aesthetic, offering a flexible blank canvas location ideal for glamorous product. Spaces uniquely set and highlyserviced studios hosting the worlds greatest clients. Studio one rootes hall 3,200 sq ft drive in garden access. Our interconnected spaces can be hired on their own or in combinations of 25 spaces allowing multiple sets, additional green rooms, production spaces or vip lounges. Clementtalbot was bought by rootes brothers in early 1935 and.
The missing rear quarterlights were returned in series iv. Find out more our one of a kind building leads to one of a kind events, let us create yours. With three large northfacing sash windows, white oak floors and pristine white walls it is a refreshing space either hired on its own or alongside the other halls as a meeting, breakout. Sunbeam had produced a car called the alpine in the early 1950s but it was more of a personal car than a sports car. Moss and sheila van damm were their top drivers, and the sunbeamtalbot 90s win in the. The sunbeam s clean american lines and styling, included signature pointed tail fins. Lord billy rootes, chairman of the eponymous company, had been persuaded to create a competitions department. Sunbeamtalbot limited was a british motor manufacturing business. The first alpine was built in 1953 by the rootes group. Shelby had carried out a similar v8 conversion on the ac cobra, and hoped to be offered. The rootes group or rootes motors limited was a british automobile. The postwar competition heritage of sunbeam dates back to 1948, when a sunbeam talbot 90 won the coupe des alpes rally. Rootes had always possessed a keen competition department, though, tellingly, throughout the 1950s it had enjoyed far greater success in rallying. This is an ideal space for larger events and product launches.
Postwar, sunbeamtalbot models, most notably the 90 saloon, became. Stirling moss and sheila van damm were their top drivers, and the sunbeamtalbot 90s win in the 1955 monte carlo rally was the most significant victory. The beautiful grade ii listed building is a wonderful event space which acts as a blank canvas for your special day. The 1953 monte carlo rally was marred by punctures, but she entered the. Simon goldby has owned his alpine nearly 30 years, and spent almost a third of that time restoring september 2000 practical classics 31. A large shooting space with luxury features throughout including three client areas and mezzanine dining. Sunbeam studios big grey doors rootes drive london w10 6az. B9472451hrofe inspired by carroll shelbys success in shoehorning a ford v8 into the ac ace to create the cobra, rootes asked shelby to perform the same trick with its sunbeam alpine sports car. Rapier shells were made by pressed steel in cowley. In 1968, rootes entered a factory team in the londonsydney marathon. The name was then used on a twodoor fastback from 1969 to 1975. The rootes group which consisted of singer, sunbeam, hillman and humber was a bit late to the game with a true sports car, but nevertheless enjoyed some success, even if it was rather commensurate with their latecomer status. To conclude, the sunbeam alpine is the sort of fast and pleasanttodrive sporting car which many enthusiastic motorists will want to own. A musclecar variant of the later versions of alpine series iv to v to was also built is named sunbeam tiger.
Rootes had the technical nous, but just didnt have the time to deploy it. Operating from the first purpose built automobile showroom and factory in the uk, sunbeam studios has been renovated to offer a unique blend of edwardian elegance and modern aesthetic. Barlby road was the original talbot factory founded at the turn of the century. The sunbeam rapier was launched in 1967 and could be best summed up as gentlemans tourer. The sunbeam tiger is a highperformance v8 version of the british rootes group s sunbeam alpine roadster, designed in part by american car designer and racing driver carroll shelby and produced from 1964 until 1967. It is amongst the last rootes designs, developed with no influence from future owner chrysler.
Rootes entered the sports car market with a popularpriced twoseater featuring smooth style, unusual weather protection and disc brakes. At the time, le mans was the race every enthusiast was aware of, not least because of the similarity between a number of its contestants vehicles and those found in the local showroom. Home london sunbeam studios rootes hall studio 1 connected to talbot and main halls via the terrazzofloored mezzanine, rootes hall is an ideal space for your wedding breakfast. Sunbeam alpine wikimili, the best wikipedia reader. We offer a versatile location ideal for product launches, corporate parties, weddings and conferences. Nov 01, 2016 the rootes group, although only achieving a 1012 per cent market share, were the sixth largest british car manufacturer. Sunbeam rapier sunbeam owners club of queensland inc. The sunbeam alpine was derived from the sunbeam talbot 90 and is commonly known as the talbot alpine. Mechanical parts were based on the sunbeam rapiers, but the engine is extensively modified to raise the power output to a reliable 83. The rootes group or rootes motors limited was a british automobile manufacturer and. A tenant, sunbeam studios, is named after the sunbeam talbot car briefly produced there from 19381939 and 19451946. Dec 11, 2019 the 1955 london motor show saw the debut of the new sunbeam rapier, the first of rootes audax family.
Styled by the famous loewy studios and sold by the rootes group, the. Four door audax variants appeared in 1956 as the hillman minx and singer gazelle. Sunbeam specialties number 1 source for rootes sunbeam. Driving a hillman hunter, andrew cowan gained what was regarded as a surprise victory against stiff. The original alpine was launched in 1953 as the first vehicle from sunbeamtalbot to bear the sunbeam name alon.
Original sunbeam tiger tool kit in chrome includes super rare correct tommy bar and socket. This tiger, with serial number b9470035, is one of seven competition works tigers built by rootes to compete in international rallies. For example sunbeam alpine series ii was first onscreen car driven by. The original board room of sunbeam talbot automobile works 1903 is available for hire. This 1966 sunbeam alpine is one of the prettiest sunbeam s in texas. Sunbeam studios is the west london photographic, film and event space. The sunbeam alpine is a twoseater sports drophead coupe that was produced by the rootes group from 1953 to 1955, and then 1959 to 1968.
The body was styled in rootes own studios and featured more glass than previous models, with wraparound front windscreen, which gave it a considerable resemblance to a base model 1955 chevrolet 4door sedan. Sunbeam studios is the west london photographic, film. Situated near west londons famous notting hill, sunbeam studios is a grand and unique venue for your wedding celebrations. If you are a fan of the films of alfred hitchcock, or if grace kelly is your idea of 50s cinematic. The sunbeam rapier, the first variant of rootes audax range to be released, was introduced in 1955. Sunbeam specialties 765a east mcglincy lane campell, ca 95008 phone 408. This is the story of one such movie homage car, a 1955 sunbeam alpine series iii roadster. Find out more bespoke menus created with you in mind. It built upmarket sportssaloon versions of rootes group cars from 1935 to 1954. The rootes group manufactured the alpine from 1953 to 1955 and then from 1959 to 1968.
Hire rootes hall at the sunbeam studios for your next venue hire in london. Used international scout for sale in panama city, fl. To see ads from the march, 2020 issue, you must be a subscriber to hemmings motor news. The sunbeam rapier was the first of the audax range of light cars produced by the rootes group. It was a stylish car indeed, but sadly, was not developed during its life. In the late 1920s, the rootes brothers, reginald and william, expanded their distribution businesses with the goal of manufacturing the same products they sell.
The 1955 london motor show saw the debut of the new sunbeam rapier, the first of rootes audax family. The shelby cobra of 1962 was the inspiration for the sunbeam tiger, and rootes west coast director ian garrad was quick to. Just over seven thousand sunbeam tigers were built in total between 1964 and 1967, but three special lightweight racing cars were built in 1964 aimed to compete. Link your active subscription or subscribe for instant access. David petrikas photo gallery of performanceupgraded rootes group sports cars. The staircase descend onto a crisp white floor and provides the opportunity for a.
Yes, not everyone is nuts about the forwardlook styling one of the cars designers came out of raymond loewys studios in the early 1950s, but the rootes group developed the car specifically for the u. Named for the companys success in the famous rally, the sunbeam alpine sports continues to attract fans more than 60 years later. A tenant, sunbeam studios, is named after the sunbeamtalbot car briefly produced there from 19381939 and 19451946. Under rootes, all sunbeam talbots were made here too up until. Sunbeam studios offers an ideal shooting space in a unique setting. Rootes already had experience of running the fourcylinder sunbeam alpine at le mans, winning the coveted index of thermal efficiency in 1961, and it was thought that the alpinebased v8engined tiger might be capable of even greater things. Since the turn of the century, lord rootes had been buying car companies, sometimes shutting their factories and abandoning their product lines, and even their names, squandering cash.
The sunbeam tiger was a highperformance v8 version of the british sunbeam alpine roadster built rootes, and designed in part by american car designer and racing driver carroll shelby. Housed in the grade ii listed ladbroke hall, we provide four photographic rental studios ranging from 3,200 to 600 square feet, all connected via a beautiful marbleterrazzo mezzanine as well as numerous location style spaces including our new rental space the board room. After car production ended, the site was used as a television studio for many. Announced at the london motor show in october 1955, it preceded its hillman minx and singer gazelle counterparts by several months. The sunbeam alpine is a twoseater sports drophead coupe that was produced by the rootes. Principally these cars look little like early ford thunderbird in design had been created to conquer the u.
Hillman minx series vi 196567, singer gazelle series vi 196567, sunbeam rapier series v 196567, sunbeam alpine series v 1965 onwards, sunbeam tigeralpine v8 196567 by piet olyslayer order from. Sunbeam studios, big grey doors, rootes drive, w10 6az. Sunbeam talbot limited was a british motor manufacturing business. Sunbeam studios ladbroke hall 79 barlby road london w10 6az. A four seat, two door hardtop coupe designated series i with the introduction of the series ii in 1958 it was completely different from the sunbeam mark iii. Chrysler press photo, supplied by graham arnold the sunbeam versions of the arrow were the extremely stylish rapieralpine models, which were styled by. Rootes also had a valuable marketing device in the form of the defunct sunbeam marque. The rootes group, although only achieving a 1012 per cent market share, were the sixth largest british car manufacturer. Shop millions of cars from over 21,000 dealers and find the perfect car. Works engineer and driver bernard unett was loaned 180b 179b was sold at the same time as 7734 kv, which became competitive during 1965 against the etypes, 250lms and 26rs with his development. The company also manufactured aero engines in world war i and 647 aircraft during world war ii. American regulations and the front driving lamps were replaced with a pair of. Rootes were given a new factory at rytonondunsmore to handle all of this and william rootes was knighted for his efforts.
The car manufacturer alpine was named after the event in 1955, as was sunbeams sports car alpine in 1953. Uniquely set and highlyserviced studios hosting the worlds greatest clients. Sunbeam was a marque registered by john marston co. The sunbeam alpine was launched in 1953 as the first vehicle from sunbeamtalbot to bear the sunbeam name alone. The range is almost always referred to by the name of the most prolific model, the hillman hunter. Shelby had carried out a similar v8 conversion on the. Amenities large changing room for hair, styling and make up. Results include ads from the february, 2020 issue of hemmings motor news. Rootes hall has our largest open ground floor area of 1800 square feet not including the areas above and below the mezzanine.728 219 984 518 1619 1134 1315 599 167 1037 1340 1395 1050 209 1109 1335 382 1519 121 1571 54 724 434 1551 1293 1550 1143 62 566 24 775 512 1323 1089 1184 998 1260 148 268