Sun­beam re­union

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - News - David Brown

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.

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