• Sunbeam Alpine. With his favourite Bentley IV in England, Bond hires a sporty Sunbeam Alpine to get around in Jamaica. What the series II lacks in Q Branch extras, it more than makes up for in sporting style.

    For his first cinematic car chase, Bond doesn't drive a vehicle bristling with Q's ingenious gadgets. Chased along Jamaica's cliff roads by Dr No's assassins, 007 relies on his driving skills and the sporty handling of his series II Sunbeam Alpine. Bond easily outdrives the Three Blind Mice assassins, who are pursuing him - appropriately enough - in a hearse.

    1.6 LITRE ENGINE - The series II engine is more powerful than its predecessor, producing 94lb/ft of torque at 3,800rpm to the original series 1’s 89.5lb/ft at 3.400rpm.

    HILLMAN CHASSIS - To save money, the Sunbeam Alpine chassis is based on the Hillman Husky, a two-door estate car also produced by the Rootes Group.

    SHARP STYLING - The Alpine is clearly influenced by the best of American automotive design, in particular the early Ford Thunderbird.

    SOFT TOP ROOF - Boasting one of the best- designed soft tops of its time, the Alpine's roof stowage is surprisingly easy and neat, lying flush with the car when down.

    WIND-UP WINDOWS - Rootes fiRed its car with glass wind-up windows at a time when many roadsters were still making do with simple sliding, perspex windows.

    MOTOR MAGAZINE, 1959 - If this is a sports car then it belongs to a new breed of sports car.

    LAYCOCK DE NORMANVILLE OVERDRIVE - The Sunbeam's optional overdrive slows down the engine's rpm at a given speed, so drivers can enjoy fuel-efficient, high speed, highway cruising.
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