1963 SUNBEAM RAPIER SE­RIES IIIA

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Buying & Selling -

Few Bri­tish sa­loon car en­trants have more panache than a Sunbeam Rapier. The pil­lar­less, be-finned coupé was a se­ri­ous rally and cir­cuit com­peti­tor and it’s still very handy.

This 1963 Se­ries IIIa was re­built as an his­toric rally car, com­ing sec­ond in the 2002 Rally of the Tests.

Later ac­quired by HRDC or­gan­iser Julius Thur­good and see­ing cir­cuit ac­tion it changed hands again and pre­pared for the 2012 Good­wood re­vival St Mary’s Tro­phy. As well as the bodyshell be­ing re­built the en­gine and gear­box re­ceived spe­cial­ist at­ten­tion.

In the hands of the ven­dor and co-driver, IndyCar and Le Mans pi­lot Derek Daly – it was placed an over­all 12th. Said to be driv­ing well, it’s tempt­ingly es­ti­mated.

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