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darren
03-17-2003, 08:55 PM
hey everyone. not too many Sunbeam forums around.

I have a 1962 series IIIa Sunbeam Rapier. Any other Rapier owners on here? I am in the UK- its always interesting to speak to Sunbeam owners in different lands.

Anyway, my Rapier is named 'Alice' after its original owner, has quite an interesting and extensive history.
Picture here:
https://www.oldmotor.co.uk/rallyscenenewpictures.htm

its "674 EBF" about halfway down participating in the 1994 Rally Bristowe.

Darren

Dale
03-17-2003, 09:51 PM
Welcome Darren!
Not a Sunbeam owner but certainly glad you've joined this forum. Do continue to post and get the pictures of your car on the members rides page if you haven't done so. graemlins/thumbsup.gif

Steve
03-17-2003, 10:36 PM
Hi, welcome to the forum. Nice car you have there. Where in the UK are you from? Your Rapier is originally from West Bromwich. That much I know images/icons/grin.gif

Sherlock
03-18-2003, 01:29 AM
Hi Darren,

Help! I'm a British saloon enthusiast surrounded by all these guys with sports cars images/icons/grin.gif

Now, seriously, there are a few Rapiers kicking around North America but they aren't ultra-common either. I believe they were sold here as new models way back when. I know of one BCF member from the the States who has a Rapier, awaiting a new engine (something bigger than the base engine - V6? V8? something else?), using the search function should find that posting.

Anyway, welcome to the forum.

sunbeammadd
03-18-2003, 02:14 AM
Nice one Darren.

I was trying to pick the colour. Looks like Moonstone, or perhaps light blue?

He's not on the forum, but my father has a Moonstone/Powder Blue IIIA tucked away in his shed. He's had it since the sixties. It's presently going through a major renovation.

aeronca65t
03-20-2003, 03:07 PM
Wow! For a Lucas-equiped car, "Alice" takes the water in-stride!

Welcome!

impster
03-21-2003, 06:01 PM
Welcome to the forum Darren.

I too am a Rapier owner: a '61 series III convertible. However, I have rebodied mine using a series II bodyshell as it was so rusty. Additionally, I am modifying mine somewhat with an upgraded chasis (from a Nissan) and a Ford V8. Never-the-less, I am still quite partial to an original car such as yours. Yours looks quite good at speed. Having owned lots of Sunbeams, I must wonder though, how much further along you went before your electrics started to react to the bath that you gave them?

Tony

'61 Sunbeam Rapier
'74 BMW 2002
'76 Jag XJ6C

BEEJAY7
04-02-2003, 05:20 AM
Hi Darren

Welcome to the Forum, great bunch of people here.

I always wanted a Rapier, closest I ever got was my Dad's Minx!.

Keep up the Rallying!.

Cheers graemlins/savewave.gif graemlins/england.gif graemlins/savewave.gif

thegoodbeamer
04-02-2003, 10:38 AM
Welcome Darren.
There are quite a few UK owners visiting this site.WWW.sunbeamalpine.org.
With saying that I admit I enjoy the BFC forum because it includes all British cars.I like to visit all the headings while I have my 2nd and most often 3rd cup of coffee in the AM.Pictures
were great.
As you can see I have 3 Sunbeams.The Lister is a look alike of the other 2 Listers and has a 351 Ford V8 motor.It was a 64 Alpine.
There is a 60? rapier convertible near here but I don't dare even investigate that one or I might just have to have it.

Gary Pope
04-02-2003, 06:40 PM
Hi Darren .. Welcome.
The Rapiers I remember had a sort of fast back coupe style. Do you know the model I am talking about ? We had a few Hunters, Humbers & Minx's but I'm not sure where all the connections go .. but fond memories nontheless.

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sunbeammadd
04-02-2003, 11:00 PM
<blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><hr>Originally posted by Gary Pope:
Hi Darren .. Welcome.
The Rapiers I remember had a sort of fast back coupe style. Do you know the model I am talking about ? We had a few Hunters, Humbers & Minx's but I'm not sure where all the connections go .. but fond memories nontheless.

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Hi Gary,

You can compare the two different styles of Rapier here:

www.sunbeam.org.au/models/rapier.htm (https://www.sunbeam.org.au/models/rapier.htm)
www.sunbeam.org.au/models/fastback.htm (https://www.sunbeam.org.au/models/fastback.htm)

I don't think we'll mention the 1980s Talbot Rapier which technically owed more to Simca than to Rootes. Or for that matter Peugeot who today like to stick the Rapier badge on special editions of their models!

Sherlock
04-03-2003, 05:25 AM
<blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><hr> Gary Pope said: The Rapiers I remember had a sort of fast back coupe style. Do you know the model I am talking about ? We had a few Hunters, Humbers & Minx's but I'm not sure where all the connections go .. but fond memories nontheless.<hr></blockquote>

Over here in North America we received the Rapier fastback, very briefly, but badged as Alpine. They didn't exactly fly off the shelves, and many of you can be forgiven if you have totally forgotten. One guy I know who was selling an Alpine fastback kept getting calls from people thinking it was the earlier Alpine roadster (series cars), and he was getting frustrated.

Gary Pope
04-03-2003, 10:33 AM
<blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><hr>Originally posted by Sherlock:


Over here in North America we received the Rapier fastback, very briefly, but badged as Alpine. They didn't exactly fly off the shelves, and many of you can be forgiven if you have totally forgotten. One .<hr></blockquote>

That's wild, because I always liked the shape and look of that car. It's probably been 20 years since I have seen one.