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Neilb
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Tuesday, March 20, 2007 - 7:24 pm   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)   
Pretty interesting eh? Anyone know what year this thing is?

Rapier
'65 Barracuda Formula S
Ottawa, Ontario
http://cuda.enbcom.com
65valiant
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Registered: 12-2001


Tuesday, March 20, 2007 - 7:38 pm   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)   
That one is a '74. Here's some more info...

The Sunbeam Rapier was launched in 1967 and could be best summed up as "gentleman's tourer". It was a stylish car indeed, but sadly, was not developed during its life. The Sunbeam versions of the Arrow were the extremely stylish Rapier/Alpine models, which were styled by Roy Axe. The pillarless two-door coupe was heavily based on Arrow underpinnings, right down to the suspension layout and engine configuration. The 1725cc Rapier came in two rates of tune; the 76bhp standard version, and the 93bhp H120. The H120's engine featured twin dual-choke Weber carburettors, and was developed by notable Rootes tuners, Holbay.

As was the style at the time, the H120 received Rostyle wheels and a natty little boot lid spoiler. The wheels, and not the spoiler would be standardized in later years. When the gorgeous Alpine 2-seater roadster was dropped in 1968, it was replaced by a cheaper version of the Rapier, with simpler trim and a downrated 72bhp version of the 1725cc engine. A sad end, it has to be said, for the Sunbeam Alpine line...

The Sunbeam Alpine lasted until 1975, and the Rapier, a year later.
Darwin/Victoria BC/Canada
'65 Cdn Valiant Custom 100 'vert
170/factory A833...eternal project

'67 Dart GT 'vert
273/904...now with "Collector" status
Neilb
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Tuesday, March 20, 2007 - 8:00 pm   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)   
Looks like an early Barracuda knock-off to me!
'65 Barracuda Formula S
Ottawa, Ontario
http://cuda.enbcom.com
64valiant
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Registered: 1-2006


Wednesday, March 21, 2007 - 5:32 am   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)   
I knew a guy down in ARK that had 77 with a 289 phord motor in it. He said it was like is Viper in that you stomp it to the floor at a dead stop and it would do donuts.

It didn't look like that though, it looked like an MG car.

Lee
340, aluminum E-brock heads ported by
Ryan J @ (Shady Dell Speed shop),
six pack induction
four speed built by Passon with 2.66 first gear
8 3/4 with back brace, 4:10 gears,
spool and after market axles
mini tubed

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