In their heyday Sunbeam Cars rivalled Bentley and Rolls Royce. Their advanced engine technology benefitted from their WW1 aero engine experience and powered many of the Land Speed Record cars. They produced the first British Grand Prix winner and beat Bentley at Le Mans.
At the height of Sunbeam’s fame they produced their true flagship model in the shape of the 24/70. When released it was Sunbeam’s top-of-the-range and most luxurious model, featuring a deliciously smooth 6 cylinder engine with overhead valves at 4.5-litres in a single block. There were brakes and wire wheels to all four wheels. Sunbeams were clearly confident of the car’s quality as they gave it the uncompromising name of Sunbeam Supreme! Only 100 of these cars were ever made of which only four survive today.
This car is believed to have been directly exported to Australia in 1924. The car was owned by a Mr Pratt, a gold miner from Corowa, who intended to prepare the car for the Australian Land Speed Record pre-WW2. Fortunately for posterity, this did not occur, and in 1969 Arthur Lang of Wangaretta joined the STD Register with this car.
It is now featured in the recognised authority of the marque: The Sunbeam 16hp and 24 H.P., 1915-1924, by Bruce Dowell and Alan Richens. The car is in excellent condition having been completely restored from the chassis up. It comes complete with full hood and side screens.
Presented in British Racing Green with bare aluminium bonnet, black hood, tan hide interior, this is a very original pre-war classic car retaining its original engine and gearbox.
A wonderful British classic which is ready to be enjoyed, the car comes with a NOVA number and the DVLA have been written to in order to obtain a period registration and it also comes with its original Australian registration document.
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