Jersey is only nine miles long, which explains why despite being in regular use for nearly 30 years this delightful Sunbeam has covered less than 20,000 miles since it left the Rootes Piccadilly showroom.
It was owned and kept by the same family from 1956, obviously a much loved member of the family as it was passed from the original owner to her daughter, who then passed it on to her daughter.
The Sunbeam 90 was produced between 1948 and 1956 in three versions, this example being the final MkIII saloon style body with a ‘pillarless’ join between the glass on the rear door and the rear quarter window. Despite its “home counties” looks the Sunbeam MkIII was a highly competitive sports saloon in period with great success in International rallying, winning the Monte Carlo Rally outright in 1955.
RXK 97 must be one of the best preserved, lowest mileage examples of these desirable, under-rated and under-valued sports saloons. Re-commissioned upon arrival back in the UK in 2019 it is offered in excellent mechanical health, with a beautifully aged but entirely intact and comfortable interior.
History and Paperwork
Purchased from Rootes Piccadilly showroom in April 1956 by Mrs Tottie Cooper
Sold under the Home Delivery Export Scheme free of purchase tax for export
Initially registered in the UK as RXK 97 before export to Jersey
Re-registered in on arrival in Jersey as J15815
Passed from the original Owner to her daughter, and then to her grand daughter
Copy of Jersey Registration Certificate showing 3 family owners
A collection of Jersey tax discs from 1967, and 1979 to 1989
Grocery and shopping receipts from 1963 onwards found in the glove box
Service receipts from Jersey garage from 1971 & ’72 with mileage noted
Driven regularly from 1956 to mid 1970s mileage was circa 17,000
After a period of occasional use it was dry stored in 1993
Purchased in 2018 and repatriated back to the UK
Note from family friend and Jersey resident confirming the mileage
NOVA import document
DVLA letter from 2019 confirming reallocation of the original registration of RKX 97
Rootes Archive Centre Trust Certificate verifies production details
Major mechanical overhaul and cosmetic work carried out 2018-19
Top end engine rebuild due to low compression
Superb overall condition and mostly original inside and out
Purchased by the Seller in 2022, now offered due to change of circumstances
Blue Grey and Pearl Grey with blue piping
Pearl grey leather seats in nicely aged condition with no damage
Blue Carpets replaced in 2019 remain in excellent order
Beige roof lining with large sliding sunroof, woks perfectly with no sign of damp
Tidy light grey door cars, blue painted dash
Art Deco style dash with period gauges, all working except fuel gauge and roof mounted clock
Banjo spoked cream steering wheel with some age staining
Original EKCO radio
Floor mounted gear stick with new boot
Original spare wheel and tyre mounted under boot floor behind rear numberplate
Original comprehensive tool kit mounted within boot lid
Good sized boot with a selection of original parts removed including gearbox and column selector
In general the interior is delightful, with plenty of charming detail and just the right amount of age
Two tone, Dawn Mist Grey over Corinth Blue paintwork
Paint in lovely condition, no obvious marks or damage, mostly believed to be original
All glass and lenses in great condition
16 inch steel wheels with Sunbeam hubcaps
Set of chrome trim rings, not currently fitted
Lightly worn Maxxis tyres, original spare mounted beneath boot floor
Re-chromed original bumpers
Smart grille and associated brightwork
Correct Sunbeam badging and trim in good condition
Superb exterior with no damage and minor wear
2.5 litre 4 cylinder engine with 80bhp
Top end rebuild carried out in 2019
Fitted with four speed, all synchro gear box with overdrive, floor mounted
Original column change and gearbox come with car so could be reinstalled if desired
Rebuilt braking system
Rebuilt ignition and charging systems
Fuel system overhauled and new fuel tank fitted
New hoses, water pump and radiator
New exhaust system
Impressively corrosion free underside
Tidy and presentable engine bay looks to be factory original
Overall excellent mechanical condition with no work required
“It’s only original once”. A phrase that we think sums up this delightful Sunbeam perfectly. Having led a charmed life in the ownership of one family for 63 years it has been well cared for, and must have been a regular sight on the lanes of Jersey. It was treated to a sympathetic re-commissioning when it arrived back in the UK and remains in mostly original condition, with a little renovation and sensible upgrades. Now offered due to a change in circumstances we hope it is purchased by someone who appreciates its condition and rarity.
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1956 Sunbeam Supreme MkIII
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