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1972 Sunbeam Rapier Fastback Coupe LHD

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  • Highly original
  • Unusual left-hand-drive example
  • Registered in Spain

The Appeal

While it’s perhaps not the most famous piece of 1970s styling, there’s no doubt that the Rapier Fastback was a superb-looking motor. With the pillarless cabin and swept design, it held its own nicely amongst a backdrop of increasingly stylish European motors. 

This example has spent much of its life in sunny Spain, and is heavily original, with no known cosmetic or mechanical modifications. As a result, it’s a great thoroughbred that’s perfect for throwing you back to the 70s, when the platforms were high, the bell bottoms were broad and the radio was loaded with New Wave.

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The History and Paperwork

  • Manufactured at Rootes’ Hillman Imp factory in Linwood, Scotland
  • First registered in 1972
  • Exported to Spain in 1976
  • Indicates 38,525 miles on a five-figure odometer
  • As a result, sadly we can’t authenticate this as a true reflection of mileage
  • Car comes complete with Spanish registration paperwork

The Interior

  • Sporty black interior, entirely original
  • Leather-effect vinyl seats with a deep grain
  • Wear throughout, with some open seams but no tearing
  • Tidily arranged dashboard with original dials and tactile instruments
  • Dashboard has some wear to its top, including some cracking and bubbling
  • All instruments are clear and easy to read, with only a light wear to the switches
  • Space available for a radio/cassette player
  • Carpets and headlining carry some wear throughout
  • We note that the headlining is sagging towards the rear
  • Some damage to the vinyl siding on the rear right-hand pillar
  • Door cards present well with no significant wear
  • Boot appears solid with no corrosion presenting itself underneath the carpets

The Exterior 

  • Impressive, distinctly continental styling
  • Bodywork is straight and tightly-knit with no major issues we can spot
  • Some light blistering underneath the vinyl pillar siding
  • Paintwork is nicely kept with no chips or cracks we can highlight
  • Some wear and light patina to the branding and chromework
  • Glasswork and lenses present well with no chips or fractures
  • Car is sat on its original wheels, which present nicely
  • Shod in a full set of Maxxis tyres, which look nearly-new
  • Car’s underside is in excellent shape, commensurate with the car’s life in Spain

The Mechanics 

  • 1725cc I4 engine
  • 4-speed manual gearbox with overdrive
  • Engine bay is in fair order, though has some wear throughout
  • Reassuringly original with no reported mechanical modifications
  • We’ve been informed of no leaks, bangs, knocks or smoke from the engine bay
  • Car is starting and running well


A lesser-spotted, distinctly 70s British fastback, this Sunbeam Rapier is a fastback piece of authentic, retro loveliness. With a little bit of interior restoration, this could be a superb and rather unusual addition to any collector’s garage. 

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1972
  • Make Sunbeam
  • Model Rapier
  • Colour Silver
  • Odometer 38,525 Miles
  • Engine size 1725
Listing Details
  • Seller Type Trade
  • Town Navarrete
  • Location International
  • Country Spain

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