1967 Sunbeam Rapier Series V 'Works Specification'

Lot: 129

Sold for (£): 17,094
Offered for sale is a 1.724L 1967 Sunbeam Rapier Series V manual that has been with the current owner for the last year. Coming with an extensive history file, this lot's condition scores an impressive 100 / 135.

Classic Car Auctions says:

First owned by racing, hill-climb, and rally legend, Betty Haig...


  •  Built by Rootes Group Sunbeam Talbot Ltd in 1965 but first registered on 31st March 1967 
  •  FIA registered with the RAC in 1966 it is believed it was a reserve car for the works rally team
  •  First owner Betty Leah (nee Haig) was the great niece of Field Marshall the Earl Haig
  •  She won a gold medal for the 2,000-mile road rally at the Berlin Olympics in 1936 
  •  FIVA and MSA papered and prepared for regularity rallying. Chris Draycott-built engine
  •  A rare opportunity to own a Rootes 'Works' car with exceptional provenance.


Lot Details

Registration: PGF 775E RHD/LHD: Right Hand Drive
Year: 1967 Engine size: 1.724L
Make: Sunbeam Odometer reading (miles): 11500
Model: Rapier Series V MOT expiry: 2019-05-03
Warranted: No Chassis number: B325002058HH0

Vendor Condition Report

Overall: 100 / 135


Bodywork: Glass:
Paint: Chrome:


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The interior is equipped with a Moto-Lita steering wheel, a pair of speedometers, one, registering mph and another in km (not fitted), a Brantz International 2 trip meter, a pair of stopwatches, rally seats, Luke full harness belts, plumbed-in and hand held fire extinguishers and the standard rev counter, auxiliary gauges and a fuse and relay board.


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The 1725cc engine was built by Chris Draycott and produced, according to the rolling road printout, 125bhp and 145lbft of torque. Fuel is provided from the twin electric fuel pumps (switchable), from the large capacity alloy fuel tank via the twin 40DCOE Weber carburettors.


Gears: Drive-shaft:


A specially prepared overdrive gearbox sends drive to the wheels via a Gripper 4.22:1 limited slip differential.

Running Gear

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The brakes have been uprated with pipework routed through the interior, Aeroquip hoses and a fly-off handbrake.


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Vehicle History


The history file states the following:

"FIA registration under No 1458 for group 2 which is exceptionally comprehensive and confirms appropriate number of cars built''

"The RAC submission is so comprehensive that it could only have been done by the factory"

First owner Betty Haig was not only the great niece of Field Marshall The Earl Haig, but was also an accomplished racing, hill-climb and rally driver in her own right. She won an Olympic Medal in her first pre-war rally, at the 1936 Berlin Olymipcs, with an 11/2-litre six-cylinder Singer, and then won outright the Paris-St Raphaël Feminin Rally in her PB MG. After the war she won the Ladies' Cup and her class in the 1948 Alpine Trial in an AC. She drove an experimental Monte Carlo Rally in an Morris Minor with Elsie Wisdom and Barbara Marshall, and won the 11/2-litre class in the very tough 1949 Alpine Trial with a works TC MG. Betty also drove her HRG to a class-win in a Swiss hill-climb, changed to a Healey-Silverstone, raced a Cooper-JAP and a vee-twin Cooper 1000, drove the highest placed foreign car, a Triumph TR2, in the 1952 San Remo Rally, raced her AC Ace at Goodwood and Brands Hatch, a Turner in Italy and took Ladies' Cups at Prescott and Shelsley Walsh with a Lotus Eleven. She was also successful with the TT MG Magnette she raced at Goodwood and Silverstone, gaining a Coupe de Vitesse with an Austin-Healey 100 inn later Paris-St Raphaël Rally, and breaking the Ladies' record at Prescott in a Lotus 23. During the 1951 Le Mans 24 hours, Betty and Yvonne Simon managed to finish 15th in a Ferrari 166 MM Berlinetta. Her road cars included a number of Porsches and later, this Sunbeam Rapier.

Please click here for an informative article about Betty Haig's 1936 Berlin Olympics experience: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/motoring/article-2184278/Welcome-home-car-beat-Nazis-Olympic-gold-1936.html


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Poor Numerous faults / Extensive damage / Many missing parts / Project or donor car
Fair Basic condition / Requires attention mechanically & cosmetically / Some damage / Some missing parts
Good Every-day useable classic car / Driven & enjoyed / Commensurate with age & mileage / Drives and looks as it should / Some vehicle history
Very good Almost pristine / Mechanically & cosmetically sound / Driven only occasionally / Extensive vehicle history
Excellent Pristine / Original / Documented nut & bolt ground-up restoration / Stored professionally / Trailered only / Complete vehicle history