The Sunbeam Talbot 90 saloon was an attractively styled sedan with a well-appointed interior. It was a comfortable and well-respected tourer, but its lack of image meant that sales were slow. In order to boost the car's showroom appeal, Sunbeam's owner, the Rootes Group, decided to create the Alpine - a stylish two-door drophead based on the running gear and chassis of the Talbot. While it was always too heavy and ponderous to be regarded as a sports car, the Alpine was nonetheless a competent and desirable touring car, with a well-insulated cabin, beautifully-trimmed interior and gorgeous, curvy styling, penned by American designer Raymond Loewy. The bodies were built independently by HJ Mulliner of Birmingham, England, and transported to Rootes Group's nearby plant in Coventry for final assembly.
Sunbeam Alpine Specifications
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