Although the majority of cars in the club are from the Rootes Group era, pre and post Rootes Group Sunbeams are also catered for in the club, as are cars badged as Sunbeams in other markets. By joining the club you gain access to a wealth of knowledge and information on parts availability.
The club is socially orientated and our calendar includes monthly meetings, display days, runs to scenic locations, a Christmas party and the Sunbeam Nationals.
Anyone who owns, would like to own, or merely has an interest in the Sunbeam marque is invited to join. Membership currently costs $50 annually with a $5 joining fee. A monthly magazine is produced and is available in either hardcopy via snailmail or pdf format via email. (email = $5 reduction in membership fees). A further annual fee of $25 is payable by members wishing to have their vehicles registered under the Historical Vehicle Scheme.
OFFICE BEARERS 2021
CLUB CALENDAR 2021
February 2nd General Meeting - TBA
March 2nd General Meeting - TBA
April 6th General Meeting - TBA
May 4th General Meeting - TBA
June 1st General Meeting - TBA
July 6th General Meeting - TBA
August 3rd General Meeting - TBA
September 7th General Meeting - TBA
September 24th-27th Sunbeam Nationals
October 5th General Meeting - TBA
November 9th General Meeting and AGM - TBA
December 7th General Meeting - TBA
PRE ROOTES SUNBEAMS
1901 - 1935
Initially a bicycle company, Sunbeam began manufacturing a cyclecar in 1901, selling several hundred. Sunbeam eventually went on to manufacture high quality cars of a similar quality to Rolls-Royce. The company went into receivership in 1934 and was bought by the Rootes Group.
(image: By davocano - 1932 Sunbeam 20 Fixed Head Coupé, CC BY 2.0,
1938 - 1957
The group of vehicles covered by the name “Sunbeam-Talbot” refers to the pre-war Sunbeam Talbot 10 horsepower saloons, coupes and tourers, the 2 litre models, and the post-war overhead valve Sunbeam Talbot 80 and 90 saloons, drop-heads and drop-head coupes (Alpines), Mark I and III Sunbeam Alpines, and Sunbeam Mark III saloons and drop-head coupes built until production ceased in 1957.
1955 - 1976
The Series I Rapier, announced in 1955, was the first of the Rootes Group new Audax range of cars. The Audax Rapier continued in production until 1967 running through to Series V.
The fastback Rapier was launched in 1967 based on the “Arrow” range of cars, and included the H120 high-performance variant. A fastback Alpine having a simpler specification was built from 1970 to 1975. The Rapier and H120 were discontinued in 1976.
1959 - 1968
In 1959 the Alpine name was revived for a new sports car. It combined the short wheelbase of the Hillman Husky, the running gear of the Rapier Series III and a body styled by Kenneth Howe. Series I to III Alpines are sometimes called the “big-fin” Alpines to differentiate them from the cropped wings of the Series IV and V. Series III to V were available in two models, ST (Sports Tourer) and GT (Grand Turismo). A limited number of fixed roof “Harrington” Alpines were produced by Thomas Harrington Ltd based on the Series, II, III and IV.
The Sunbeam Tiger was developed from the Alpine in an effort to find more power. With input by Carroll Shelby, the Ford 260 cubic inch V8 was installed, to give impressive performance, especially with LAT performance options fitted. The Mark II version had a 289 cubic inch V8 fitted. Production ran from 1964 to 1967 when Chrysler, who had taken control of the Rootes Group, decided their own V8 would not fit.
The Sunbeam Stiletto is a coupe version of the Hillman Imp. Engine was the 875cc Imp with the addition of a performance head, twin Stromberg CD125 carburettors, sports camshaft, extractor type exhaust system and oil cooler.
The Talbot Sunbeam Lotus was the ultimate expression of the Chrysler/Talbot Sunbeam. "Sunbeam" now being a model name rather that a marque. The Lotus version included a Lotus 2.2 litre 16 valve 907 (when fitted to the Sunbeam 911) engine developing 150hp in road trim. The rally version of this car won the manufacturer's championship in 1981.
The Sunbeam Owners’ Club of NSW is open to any car bearing the “Sunbeam” name. This includes vehicles made before the Rootes take-over, during the Rootes period - including rarities such as the Sunbeam Venezia, during the Chrysler period and the subsequent Peugeot take-over when the World Rally Championship winning Talbot Sunbeam Lotus was created. The Sunbeam name has been used as a marque name, a model name and for badge-engineering.