Sunbeam Speed 20- Monte Carlo

Mileage 76216
Engine 6 Cylinder 3.4 litre, Jaguar Twin Overhead Cam
Rego Club Reg
Sunbeam 1933 Speed Model, or Speed 20, is a classic of its time, with Sunbeam’s own “pillar-less” style four door coachwork. This model was sometimes referred to as the “Monte Carlo”, affectionately so named after the same model which the factory entered in the 1933 Monte Carlo Rally. This particular car, was registered in GB as DG7629 (these plates are still with the car) and actually competed in the Monte Carlo re-run in 1996 and still has the window sticker from this rally. The car has a very detailed history accompanying it. It was acquired from its original owner, Mr Albert T Isher in 1976 by a Mr Roy Hancocks who then undertook a seven year total restoration, after which it was acquired and retained by the Patrick Collection from 1986 to 1992 at which stage it had travelled 37,493 miles, believed to be correct at the time. Over the next twenty seven years it travelled a further 38,723 and now shows 76,216 miles on the clock and it remains in excellent condition, showing a nice patina of age. According to the restoration records, it was stripped to bare metal and then had ten undercoats and seven top coats applied, during a lovingly carried out restoration. The paintwork is still in exceptional condition and looks magnificent. The scuttle timber has recently been replaced and I can find nothing that currently needs attention. According to the Sunbeam, Talbot, Darracq (STD) Journal of 1999, this was one five 1933 Sunbeam Speed Models in existence and I understand that there are now four, which makes it a very rare car today. This car, with its excellent enclosed bodywork, weather proofing, sliding sunroof, opening front windscreen and side windows, makes a very comfortable tourer, rain or shine. The car spent some time in New Zealand where its original Sunbeam 3 litre engine was replaced with a Jaguar 3.4 litre twin cam engine. This conversion has been done with the utmost consideration of the original integrity of the vehicle, with no alteration to the chassis or body and using the original gearbox, torque tube and rear axle. The original Sunbeam engine is intact and will be sold with the car and could be replaced very easily. But…the Jaguar 3.4 engine moves the car along very nicely with its huge torque on tap at all times and the car recently completed a six day rally in the High Country of Victoria, Australia, a total of around 3000 kilometres without a hitch and not once overheating, even though the weather was quite warm and the steep climbs, at times, rather extreme. As with all Speed 20’s (I do have another) this is a beautiful car to drive, it will cruise at 90 to 100 kph with ease, the brakes are good for a hydraulic drum system and stop the car quite well. The steering is light and very direct, everything works on the car, even the clock which has a manual winding mechanism. For an eighty six year old car it is exceptional. It is free of asbestos so it will not have any trouble relocating overseas.
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