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July 2007 Issue
 
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Sunbeam & Sunbeam-Talbot
By Robert McLellan
 

1961

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.

 
 

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For complete lists of Sunbeam and Sunbeam - Talbot literature

And for those of you fortunate enough to still own a Sunbeam, here are two owner's manuals that we have to offer:

 

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