Few names in the automotive world elicit giggles like Sunbeam. It almost sounds like a potato chip, doesn’t it? Regardless of the name though, Sunbeam actually produced some impressive cars during its heyday, among them the Alpine. Originally conceived as a one-off rally car, the British-built Alpine was revered for its handling but decried for its lack of power. Its 1.5 liter engine made just 88 gross horsepower; at the wheels, it likely made a lot less.



But David Park solved that problem by dropping a big block Ford engine into his Alpine and posting the pictures up on BritishV8.org for the world to see.





Pictures: David Park



With such a light-weight car packing such a big engine, many modifications were required but the power-to-weight ratio is likely astounding. The engine is a Ford 410 big block, meant to look like the more-famous 427. It even has the same low-rise intake as the 427. Oddly appropriate for a car that looks a little too much like the Ford Thunderbird. To feed this much-bigger (and the dual Edelbrock 600cfm carburetors) engine required a much bigger gas tank. There is also a Lunati hydraulic camshaft and Accel dual-point distributor to round out the engine.







Surprisingly, most of the suspension remained stock, with the exception sway bars (front and rear) and Mustang II rack and pinion steering. A Borg Warner T10 4-speed transmission puts power to a Dana 44 rear end with 4.10 gearing. This Alpine even has a Cobra hood scoop fiberglassed to the hood. David Park even did all of the work himself, breathing new life into a potato-chip car.

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