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SUNBEAM RAPIER III/IIIA

2-door sports saloon, convertible.

Minx evolution with front disc brakes, alloy head, close-ratio gearbox, wood dash, and (from September '60) hypoid rear axle. The Mk IIIA (April '61) gets the latest 1.6-litre, 80bhp engine with a better overall performance, though maximum speed still only about 90mph as against 80-85pmh for Mk I. Narrower side-spear identifies III/IIIA from II.

Technical Specifications

Engine:
1494cc/1592cc (S4 OHV) 
Configuration:
Front engine, rear-wheel drive 
Production dates:
1959 to 1963  
Number produced:
15,368/17,354