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1967-1976 SUNBEAM Rapier Fastback specifications

1967-1976 SUNBEAM Rapier Fastback specifications Classic and Performance Car

Although its designer, Roy Axe, will tell you that it was pure coincidence that the Rapier looks similar to the Plymouth Barracuda, the resemblance between the half cousins is striking. Based on the Hillman Hunter, but not sharing a single panel, the Rapier (and its cheaper Alpine sister) were striking-looking cars that were well engineered, handled tidily and, in Holbay tuned H120 form, quick. This model died when Chrysler rationalised the range, overshadowed today by its ‘60s forebear, and undervalued as a consequence.

Production

  • Production:
    46,204
  • Price at launch:
    £1,200
  • Price (excellent)
    £3,500
  • Price (good):
    £2,400
  • Price (average):
    £1,200
  • Price (project):
    £375

Performance

  • 0-60mph:
    13.2secs
  • Top speed:
    103.0mph
  • Power:
    79.0bhp
  • Torque:
    93.0lb/ft
  • MPG:
    25.0mpg

Engine

  • Configuration:
    in-line four
  • Aspiration:
    Normal
  • Fuel:
    Petrol
  • Fuel delivery:
    carburettor

Chassis

  • Suspension Front:
    Independent, coil spring, lower wishbone, anti-roll bar
  • Suspension Rear:
    Live axle, semi-elliptic leaf spring
  • Steering:
    rack and pinion
  • Bodyframe:
    metal monocoque
  • Transmission:
    Four-speed manual

Dimensions

  • Length:
    4432mm
  • Wheelbase:
    2502mm
  • Width:
    1645mm
  • Height:
    1397mm
  • Weight:
    1016kgs
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