It is always nice to attach some personal
experiences to what I write about, other than just being
familiar with the literature.
I acquired a nice, used Sunbeam Alpine quite by accident
after my MG Midget had been driven over by a runaway
garbage truck while parked outside the popular "watering
hole", The Elizabethan Club. The place as Tripoli,
Libya, in the Fall of 1968. My employment as a geologist
had just begun and my car was demolished beyond recognition.
A friend, who was transferring back to the U. K., offered
me his Sunbeam Alpine. A fun car that got me down the
road until Khadafi took over control of the country
and kicked all foreigners out - but keeping all their
property, which naturally included my Alpine.
Back in the U. S. A., the U. S. Army was still actively
drafting for the Vietnam war - and Khadafi put me right
in their arms. I went from enjoyable trips along the
Mediterranean coast, enjoying the cool breezes with
the top down, to hiking in combat boots under the blazing
El Paso sun (basic training).
Most Americans probably associate the name Sunbeam with
household appliances... from electric shavers to can
openers. But from 1945 through 1970 Sunbeam sold cars
in the U.S. The most memorable for sports car enthusiasts
was the Alpine that Carroll Shelby stuffed a V-8 in
and called it a Tiger.