PHOTOGRAPH I took this picture at a classic car event in August 2019 at Slinfold near Horsham.
HISTORY. The Sunbeam Rapier was produced by the now defunct Rootes Group from 1955 to 1976 although the vehicles produced after 1967 were a radically different shape and should be considered a different car. They were available as a 2 door saloon or convertible (the fastback belonged to the post 1967 era) and were the mainstay of Rootes competition endeavours until the arrival of the Hillman Imp. This vehicle I believe to be a mark 3a that was introduced in 1960 had a 1592cc 4 cylinder and although slower than its predecessor had extensive work done on the engine improving its strength with a five bearing crank shaft as well as fitting an uprated anti-roll bar to improve the handling.
WOODEN PLAQUE Overall size 105X148X3mm plywood with a single hole drilled at the top.
John Witherden t/a Witherden's workshop
Laura House, Jengers Mead, Billingshurst, West Sussex RH14 9NZ