A Northumberland man has been reunited with his father’s rare Sunbeam Dawn, last seen by his family more than 80 years ago.
While researching his family tree, Robert Bluck was amazed to discover that his father’s 1934 Sunbeam Dawn was in the Black Country Living Museum, Dudley, West Midlands.
On 11 May, Robert and his wife Caroline were united with the car and met mechanic Jim Pease who found the Sunbeam in a Wolverhampton garage in 2002, restored it, and donated it to the museum. The car was built just four miles from the museum.
Robert’s father bought the Sunbeam in 1935 but it was sold four years later when he joined the army. In an album of old family photographs, he found a photograph of his grandfather, Albert Bluck, standing by a car in the Scottish Highlands.
‘I was totally shocked when I found out through research that my father’s old Sunbeam was preserved at a museum,’ says Robert. ‘That car will now be 81 years old – that it is still around is a miracle in itself and I was so pleased to visit it at the Black Country Living Museum.’
Jim Pease with Robert Bluck and the 1934 Sunbeam Dawn at the Black Country Living Museum.
Robert Bluck’s grandfather, Albert, with the Sunbeam Dawn in the Highlands.