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Sunbeam Rapier Convertible
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V5C; Buff logbook; 17 old MOTs; leaflet; two handbooks; workshop manual

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1961 Sunbeam Rapier Convertible

Older restoration; good hood; a range-topping Rapier to use and improve

First registered KEY 920 in September 1961, this Rapier Convertible started life in two-tone green according to the accompanying buff logbook.

Now registered 910 UXD, a thorough restoration commenced in 1986, although it's owner never got round to finishing the job. It was sold as a project which was finally completed by the new custodian sometime in the mid 1990s.

He was to keep the car until 2011, the Rapier changing hands once again, before entering the vendor's collection in October last year. We are advised that it has only covered some 5,565 miles since restoration.

Described by the vendor as 'not mint but very solid' sums it up well. The paintwork, now in Spectrum White and Morroco Brown is in average condition and the passenger window sits too high which is interfering with the windscreen pillar, preventing the passenger door from closing nicely- simple stuff but requiring attention. We are also advised that the rear brakes need adjustment, the heater needs connecting and clock doesn't probably get the picture.

The hood is in good order and it comes with a neat hood cover (missing a stud here and there). It starts, runs and drives, although it could do with a tune-up, the car sitting comfortably in the use and improve bracket. It is a rare and desirable model with considerable potential and richly deserves time spent sorting these few items.

The file includes a Rapier/Alpine leaflet, two original owners handbooks and a workshop manual. In addition, the original VIN plate is also in the file.

With quality Rapier values well into five figures, this rare rag-top looks good value at the suggested guide price and has the makings of a good car.