Corgi Sun­beam sur­prise

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This week - ❚

Diecast car maker Corgi had a dou­ble treat for show­go­ers – a pre-pro­duc­tion Sun­beam Alpine model and the real thing next to it.

The im­mac­u­late Seacrest Green drop-top is the lat­est in­spi­ra­tion for its Van­guard col­lec­tion based on spe­cific real-life ex­am­ples of cars.

This Sun­beam was cho­sen be­cause of the fas­ci­nat­ing story as­so­ci­ated with it. The ac­tual car was a pre­pro­duc­tion model slated for the scrap­yard be­fore an en­tre­pre­neur­ial em­ployee man­aged to con­vince bosses to let him have it. Rootes de­vel­op­ment en­gi­neer Bernard Unett took the car on – even­tu­ally win­ning the Fred­die Dixon Tro­phy in it in 1964.

The model car goes on sale in March 2017. Pre-or­der now for £24.99.

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