Started on May 25 by DFuzz

Sunbeam Imp


This is my 1965 Sunbeam Imp MKI. It is virtually rust-free and only needs a few cosmetic details addressed. It has an 875cc all-aluminum rear engine that has been modified with a Weber carb with a sport head and cam. It is a blast to drive and certainly draws attention. After sorting the car out and getting in a few nice drives, I have made a list of issues that need to be resolved with the car. The list includes: - fitting an oil cooler and getting some extra venting into the engine to keep it cool. - servicing the gearbox as 3rd gear grinds and likes to pop out when the accelerator is lifted. - rebuilding the front suspension to replace bushings, tierods, steering rack and possibly springs and shocks. - reworking the dash to incorporate some additional gauges, such as a tach, oil pressure, and oil & water temp gauges. - fixing a few minor dents and respraying some damaged paint areas. All-in-all, nothing terribly serious and hopefully all to be addressed over the coming winter. Until then, I’ll just enjoy the car as it is.

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Dec. 2008

A short update on the Imp….The gearbox was disassembled and overhauled. The problem was caused …

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May 25, 2008, 4:43 p.m.

Uber Cool!

Nov. 22, 2008, 2:41 a.m.

love the car! never came across a sunbeam that didn't have a chrysler motor in

Feb. 5, 2009, 11:16 a.m.

Sweet car, I always loved that body style.

Feb. 5, 2009, 12:23 p.m.

We had one of these when I was a kid in England - it replaced the Fiat 500 as our second car. Would love to find one over here.

Feb. 25, 2009, 5:51 p.m.

Sweet! It reminds me of Vivian's car from "The Young Ones", although his had a lot more chrome up front. . . and a severed leg on the bonnet. . .

Feb. 16, 2014, 1:53 p.m.

I never knew how much I needed one (or that they even existed) until now. Awesome!

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