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My Favorite Car: '60 Sunbeam Alpine, Harry Volpe, 72, Spring Hill

60 Sunbeam Alpine

This English roadster, which I purchased new in 1960 for $2,595, featured roll-up windows (practically unheard of in sports cars at the time), spoked wheels with "knock-off" hubcaps and a pretty peppy 1.5-liter OHV 4 -cylinder engine. Although only a two-seater, I would often get five people into it while driving around the beaches of the Hamptons on Long Island. (For some undetermined reason, young females thought that the car was "adorable.") As much as I had a great deal of fondness for this car, the New York winters evidently hated it. The heavy use of salt for snow removal on the city streets eventually caused the Sunbeam's body to rot. I sold the car for parts in 1965.

My Favorite Car: '60 Sunbeam Alpine, Harry Volpe, 72, Spring Hill 07/08/11 [Last modified: Friday, July 8, 2011 8:25am]
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