The First 40 Years Of Motor Racing

Henry Ford famously said that "auto racing began 5 minutes after the second car was built". While he was probably right, it definitely started before he build his second Quadricycle in 1898, featuring chain drive and a whopping 20 mph top speed. » 12/19/12 4:40pm 12/19/12 4:40pm

Trio of Hillman Imps define project car hell

It's a strange phenomenon, but it seems old rare cars are always able to attract more of their kind whether the owner is conscious of it or not. Sometimes it takes a few years, but usually similar old rusty project cars have a way of attracting others of their breed. Somehow this trio of Hillman Imps, currently listed… » 12/18/11 5:00pm 12/18/11 5:00pm

This was not a fatal crash

A moment of photographic brilliance and bloodcurdling terror from the 1914 American Grand Prize in Santa Monica shows the sheer violence of the early days of motor racing, which, in this dramatic and fortunate case, did not turn out to be deadly. » 8/16/11 3:30pm 8/16/11 3:30pm

A southern Sunbeam

Found in the same Texas junkyard as last week's '52 Buick this Sunbeam is a little crunched up but doesn't appear to be beyond repair from this angle. We are guessing this is an example of the more docile Alpine model simply because we can't imagine many people coming across a V8 equipped Tiger in this condition and… » 5/08/11 12:30pm 5/08/11 12:30pm

Liz Taylor, a Sunbeam Alpine and an Oscar

Before Paris Hilton, hell, before Gloria Steinem, there was Liz Taylor as Gloria Wandrous in Butterfield 8, a model-slash-call-girl whose personal shame was the shot heard round the world for the women's movement. She also drove a sweet Sunbeam Alpine. » 3/23/11 4:01pm 3/23/11 4:01pm

Scandinavia's Secret Car Graveyard

Hundreds of abandoned classic cars grow like trees in a misty Scandinavian forest that looks like it's straight out of a fairy tale. Here's how, with some U.S. Army help, 200 cars found their way into this forest to die. » 9/13/10 12:00pm 9/13/10 12:00pm

1962 Sunbeam Alpine

Welcome to Down On The Street, where we admire old vehicles found parked on the streets of the Island That Rust Forgot: Alameda, California. Finally, 563 cars into this series, a Rootes Group car on the Alameda street! » 4/18/10 9:00am 4/18/10 9:00am

Rootes Group Stomps British Leyland In Dyno Challenge: 66 Horses At The…

You hear a lot of guys bragging about their cars' mighty power output, claiming 500 horses at the wheels and so on, but how many actually roll up to a real-world dynamometer test? Armand did! » 2/28/10 12:00pm 2/28/10 12:00pm

Fill Your Neighborhood With Affordable Rootes Group Machinery!

What do you call a collection of rusty Singers, Hillmans, Simcas, and Sunbeams, assembled as part of an "outdoor museum" in Waukesha, and all for sale cheap? Wisconsin Death Trip? » 5/31/09 3:00pm 5/31/09 3:00pm

Priceless Cache Of Thirty Vintage Cars Found In Rural UK Town

Village mechanic Jimmy Blanche collected antique cars for decades on his land. The decaying but complete and restorable Daimlers, Singers and Austins will be auctioned off in April. » 3/13/09 8:30am 3/13/09 8:30am

Say Goodbye To Workplace Productivity: The 1965 Targa Florio Endurance…

If you liked the vintage documentary about the 1958 Alpine Cup, you'll just have to blow off your job for the next 40 minutes or so to watch this '65 Targa Florio documentary. » 2/05/09 2:45pm 2/05/09 2:45pm

PCH, Rootes Group Challenges The Prancing Horse: Sunbeam Venezia or…

Welcome to Project Car Hell, where you choose your eternity by selecting the project that's the coolest... and the most hellish! You want an exotic European Hell Project, do you? Well, who doesn't?
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Renaults, Citroens And Talbots... Oh My! French Cars On Bastille Day

Happy Bastille Day! In honor of the 219th anniversary of the symbolic beginning of modern France, our very own Frenchman Franzouse, has collected these photos from the "Course de Cote" vintage hill climb in St Geniez D'olt. Each car is a unique part of French rallying history, and the gallery includes a Renault R5… » 7/14/08 2:00pm 7/14/08 2:00pm

1927 Land Speed Record Setter: Sunbeam 1000

Henry Seagrave is something of a legendary post-WWI figure in the world of land speed records. When Henry returned from the Great War, he set out to crush records on both land and sea. His first achievement came in March 1926, behind the wheel of a four-liter Sunbeam nicknamed Ladybird. Top speed: 152.33 mph. That… » 1/23/08 1:15pm 1/23/08 1:15pm

Breathalyzers Be Blown, He'll Have Seen The Red Light!

After seeing the showroom-condition MGC-GT a couple weeks back, we were inspired to dig up this Pathe newsreel of the 1967 London Motor Show. The theme of this show appeared to be drunk driving, judging from the narrator's jokes on the subject. Lots of great vehicles here, with the real standout being the… » 9/06/07 12:45pm 9/06/07 12:45pm

Sunbeam Rapier Fastback: Not Barracuda-Inspired, Really!

The Sunbeam Rapier Fastback's designer claimed he wasn't ripping off the look of the early Plymouth Barracuda (and maybe he's telling the truth) but so what if he was? How can you not love a British Barracuda? Too bad Rootes couldn't talk corporate overlord Chrysler out of some Slant Sixes while they were at it,… » 3/21/07 5:25pm 3/21/07 5:25pm

The 10 Greatest Bond Cars? ForbesAutos is at it Again

No freaking 2CV? No freaking 2CV?. This list is a freaking travesty. And it's after the jump. We'll take the 2000GT in a pinch, though... » 11/10/06 6:30pm 11/10/06 6:30pm

Hold That Tiger: Custom 465hp Sunbeam

The other day we were on I-5 in the Central Valley (yeah, we know, all of our best stories start that way), when we saw a guy cruising along in a Tiger and thought to ourselves, "Goldangit, that's purt'close the perfect Jalopnik vehicle American heart, British body and suitably obscure." So, if Denton wants to set us… » 12/05/05 7:12pm 12/05/05 7:12pm

Not an Sunbeam Alpine, It's a Russian Durways Cowboy

Thanks to our new buddy Max, we've identified the last of the bogus Sunbeams from the scam we uncovered earlier today. It's the Durways Cowboy, a new Russian SUV based on the same underpinnings of the Romanian ARO military vehicle — you know it as the Cross Lander 244X. Max says it's built in the small town of… » 11/10/05 4:33pm 11/10/05 4:33pm

SCAMMED: Sunbeam Comeback Is Crap

Uh, about that Sunbeam post. Looks like we've stumbled into the Web of an Internet scammer. Thanks to our astute readers, we've identified two of the alleged Sunbeams as relatively obscure bespoke models. The "Tiger" (no, that's not your real name) is actually a Swedish roadster, the Josse Car Indigo 3000, while the… » 11/10/05 1:50pm 11/10/05 1:50pm