'65 Sunbeam Alpine Roadster (British Racing Green)
Written by Beth Curts
Perhaps winning the Tampa Bay award for owning or purchasing the most imported cars (more than 40 in the past 40 years), my husband Gerry Curts fondly recalls one of his favorite cars, a '65 Sunbeam Alpine Roadster he bought the summer before his final year of college (pictured at top right). A student-scholar abroad, Gerry took delivery of the classic in Paris. He and Auburn University Architecture School classmate Joe Sprague spent the next several months driving the roadster all over Europe. Gerry shipped the car stateside following storied adventures, graduated, went to work for a Memphis architectural firm and sold the Sunbeam before reporting for Army active duty in Oberammergau, Germany, a few years later. While he drives a Porsche GT3, right, because it's very fast, he has also loved a 1958 VW Beetle, 1956 Mercedes 220 drop-head coupe, "futuristic" 1965 Fiat (No. 12, picked up from the Italian factory) and Porsche Club Coupe, the last of 50 cars made in celebration of the Porsche Club of America's 50th anniversary.