1956 Sunbeam Supreme MkIII
Oily rag car in regular use; recent engine rebuild;
a strong performer now needing a bit of TLC; one of only 2,250
This Sunbeam MkIII was ordered on behalf of Mr T
Sergnon-Brooke of SW3 on 14th June 1956 and delivered to Rootes London just
three days later. We are not sure how long he owned the car, but by 1971 it had
was in dry storage where it was to remain for the next 30 years.
term owner eventually got round to tackling the project in 2002, with bills on
file showning an extensive restoration/recommissioning. All manner of work was
done, from a new clutch, new brakes and cleaning and treating of the
chassis. By this time, the registration number SXV 487 had dropped off the DVLA
radar, but its owner managed to reunite the car with its original
number thanks to the STAR (Sunbeam Talbot
It was put up for sale in 2006, a detailed list of
the restoration works listed in the history file. It changed hands a few times
before our vendor acquired the car in 2013. He used it extensively - almost as
his everyday transport until it dropped a valve at speed on the M3 around
five years ago.
He subsequently rebuilt the engine with
a replacement piston and new valves and springs (to be on the safe side).
It was soon running well and has been in constant if less active use
Its last major journey was from London to Scotland and back in the
middle of last year and is only for sale due to loss of covered storage. It
comes with 10 old MOTs, the last from 2012, a handbook, workshop manual and
original tools in the boot.
The vendor advises that it has strong
performance and would be an ideal candidate to use and improve. He adds that the
speedo head needs replacement as this is inoperable (they are readlily
available), the fuel gauge is slightly temperamental and that it has a tendency
to hop out of third on the over-run, a common issue apparently. There is scope
for cosmetic improvement too as can be seen in the photos, but it remains in
solid order and would be transformed with a few weekends' elbow grease.
Only around 2,250 of these were made of which only a handful survive so
it could be a while before you see another for sale. For more
information - contact Matthew Parkin 07813 936698 or firstname.lastname@example.org