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Site dedicated to the restoration of Sunbeam Talbots and Rootes Group marques.

Last Updated  08/04/2017
Website created R.Mizen  managed by P,Boon.

In the last 25 years I have, alongside my coachwork business, offered a service to Rootes Group owners, restoring a variety of cars connected with all the different marques within the Rootes Group.
    Over the years we have gained a reputation for restoration of Sunbeam Talbot cars particularly the Alpine made from 1953 - 1955.  We can of course include all the other models in this range, the Saloon and drophead Coupe,of which we have restored several examples to a very high standard.
    As well as these cars we can offer a service to owners of
                    Sunbeam Rapiers
                    Sunbeam Alpines and Tigers
                    Hillman, Singer and Humber cars.
    In fact we have worked on or restored most of the models  within the Rootes Group.
    We do not pretend to be the cheapest but feel we offer value for money and our work has and is continuing to win many awards.
 
    For those interested in our work and perhaps contemplating a purchase or engaging us to help in their restoration, I have purchased recently a 1953 Sunbeam Alpine to restore as a project to be displayed and updated  on the Project Diary page of this web site.
    This car was built in 1953, sold in May 1954 to a titled owner near Grimsby when new. It has been owned by a collector in this state for many years and a club member before that, when an attempt was made to restore it.
     We will initially stabilize the condition of the car to work out a program to restore it, so as work progresses please visit this site from time to time to view the results.
    Also on our website you can view other examples of the work we have been involved in past and present. There are examples of specialist parts and accessories we offer for Sunbeam Talbots and Rootes cars. 
    Below is a list of awards achieved by cars that have had work carried out by us:
 
S.T.A.R   -   Sunbeam Talbot  Alpine Register
S.R.O.C  -   Sunbeam Rapier Owners Club
 
 2006 Roughham Airfield Classic Car Show - best Post War Sports Car NRM 729
 2007 S.T.A.R. National Rally  -  1st in Alpine Class
 2007 S.R.O.C National Rally  -  Best Rootes Visitor
 2007 Rougham Airfield Classic Car Show - Best Pre 1960 Sports / GT Car
 2008 S.T.A.R National Rally  -  1st in Master Class
 2008 Quainton Road Railway Preservation Society Annual Classic and
          Vintage Vehicle Show  -  1st Best Car in Show
 2008 S.T.A.R National Rally - Sunbeam Alpine NRM 729 -1st Alpine Class
                  and Award for "The Car Most Visitors would like to take Home"
 2009 S.T.A.R National Rally - 2nd Master Class OHP 317
 2009 S.T.A.R National Rally - 1st  Alpine Class RAU 622
 2010 S.T.A.R National Rally - 1st Sidevalve Class Sunbeam Talbot 4 litre 174 UXY
                  and Award for  " The car most visitors would like to take home"
 2014 S.T.A.R National Rally - 3rd place Sunbeam Alpine KKU987
 2015 S.T.A.R National Rally - 3rd place Sunbeam Alpine OKV899 
 
Past Awards
 
 1989 S.T.A.R National Rally - 1st in Alpine Class UKO 828
 1989 S.R.O.C National Rally - Best Visitor Sunbeam Alpine UKO 828
 1988 S.R.O.C National Rally - Best 3A Sunbeam Rapier 464 FXW
 1983 S.R.O.C National Rally - Outright Winner Rapier 3A 464 FXW
 
As well as features in Various Classic Car magazines over the years.

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Above: My Alpine OHP317 awards achieved over the last two years since restoration.
Below: Previous car I owned 464 FXW Sunbeam Rapier 3a. S.R.O.C award 1983

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