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

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

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