My Car Quest

June 20, 2024

Car Of The Day – Classic Car For Sale – 1953 Sunbeam Alpine Roadster

by Mike –

Here is my pick for the classic car for sale today that I would like to own.

1953 Sunbeam Alpine Roadster

1953 Sunbeam Alpine Roadster

The seller says:

* Mileage is 32,838

* Excellent restored condition

1953 Sunbeam Alpine Roadster

* The paint and interior are new

1953 Sunbeam Alpine Roadster

* Rare overdrive transmission and optional tachometer

* Less than 100 miles have been put on the car since the restoration was completed in 2005

1953 Sunbeam Alpine Roadster

1953 Sunbeam Alpine Roadster

* The car has been autographed in the glove box by legendary racing driver John Fitch, who drove a works Sunbeam in the 1952 Alpine Rally

1953 Sunbeam Alpine Roadster, John Fitch

* This exact car was featured in Hemmings Sports and Exotics Magazine

The starting bid is $40,000 and there is a reserve. This Sunbeam Alpine Roadster is for sale on eBay.


I like this car but would like to know more about the history. This car has a romantic appeal because of Grace Kelly driving one in the movie To Catch A Thief.

1953 Sunbeam Alpine Roadster

Let us know what you think about this classic car in the Comments.


  1. What a beautiful and stylish car. I suspect it cannot be had for $40,000 – what do you think?

  2. What a great looking car and a terrific color combination. How cool is it to have John Fitch’s autograph on your car?

  3. OK, one bid at $40K but the reserve is not met. I would guess the seller has the reserve set at $50K, what do you think? There are 3 days left.

    • I used to have one of these back in1960. I had a lot of mechanical problems and being a reckless lad, I had the engine and tranny removed and put in a 265 Chevy with a Olds transmission. 3 spd. It was a banshee and handled
      beautifully. It could out perform some corvettes on the autocross races because of its weight. Little or no wheel spin in the corners. Finally blew the clutch out as well as running out of money. Traded it for a1941 Cadillac sedan.
      Dumbest thing I ever did. Besides selling my 58 Impala convertible. Told ya I was a reckless lad, now I have to add stupid as well.

  4. I think this car has some of the most beautiful lines of any car I have seen. I first became aware of it from watching “To Catch a Thief” and have wanted one ever since. It just seems to be a beautiful classic from any vantage point.

  5. Does anyone know who currently owns this car?

  6. Len Beatens says

    I love this car it’s as nice to drive as it looks, My wife and I need a saloon car with a little more comfort , I need to let go of her. any one interested can Em me. Lots of good parts go with it. Len

    • Lionel Burrell says

      Your wife should try a Sunbeam 90. A rally wining brother same year 1953 as the alpine. good for 90 mph. 30 mpg

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