1967 Sunbeam Imp Sport

Show off and tells us about your car, finished or a work in progress

Moderator: Keith 'Supaimpy' Laming

Post Reply
User avatar
impmann
Posts: 3876
Joined: Tue Sep 09, 2003 10:27 am
Club Member: Yes
Car Model: ...er, one or two
Location: Midlands
Contact:

1967 Sunbeam Imp Sport

Post by impmann » Thu Jul 08, 2010 9:05 pm

Yes, I did it again...

Its an addiction... I don't need any more Imps and until I saw this poor little thing, I didn't want any more. But after being sent a piccie of it... well, I had to have a look...

This is the Imp Sport that was advertised on here a couple of weeks ago - the previous owner had acquired the car when his wife's aunt passed away back in the early 90s. She'd had an altercation with a fence or gate post not long before that and had dented the front wing and bent the bumper. So it was driven up the driveway and was parked up to await the repair of the front wing. That was 1994. It never moved again.

She's done 27,000miles from new and is 100% original - although I have uncovered a couple of dent/scratch repairs. Whilst she needs a resto - both outer sills have gone but the inners aren't bad, plus there are some holes around the edges of things - because she hasn't been doused in salt for the last 16 years, she's in much better shape than most. Although, you'd probably not believe it based on the following pics of her as delivered:

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

You may notice, she's wearing some alloys... that was because I needed a set of wheels to move her on (they aren't staying on her), because this was the state of her original tyres...

Image




So, I applied water and car shampoo for the first time in 16 years... and she doesn't look bad!!

Image

Image


I refitted the headlamp (which was in the back of the car), which had been standing on an old newspaper... so old, I think it predates the car's enforced layup... check out what's written on the bit stuck to the lens!!

Image

Image


So... what to do with it? Well, the priority currently is to find somewhere for her to live for a while until we can get on top of the other cars. And then she'll be restored back to 100% original, as anything less would be wrong IMHO. She just needs to wait her turn, and some money in the bank! 8)
Tim Morgan
Imps since 1987... one or two of them. ;-)
User avatar
impmann
Posts: 3876
Joined: Tue Sep 09, 2003 10:27 am
Club Member: Yes
Car Model: ...er, one or two
Location: Midlands
Contact:

Re: 1967 Sunbeam Imp Sport

Post by impmann » Fri Jul 09, 2010 7:35 am

I think the colour balance is wrong on the camera... its actually Lincoln Green Metallic, but it does look very turquoise in the pics. Shame, that would make it 110% perfect!! 8)

Fran - yep this is the one redhedhog posted about.

Darren - I love finding stuff from days gone by in the car. The tax disc holder (complete with 1994 tax disc) was in the glove box and that has the old Halfords logo on the back (from when they did mainly motoring stuff with a few bikes thrown in for good luck.... unlike today :evil: ). Sadly the rest of the newspaper was to rancid and decomposed to do a lot with!! I love the idea of George Michael being "no Lionel Ritchie"... :lol:
Tim Morgan
Imps since 1987... one or two of them. ;-)
ImpownerUK
Posts: 8
Joined: Wed Jan 29, 2014 6:41 pm
Club Member: Yes
Car Model: '63 Deluxe, '67 and '68 Sunbeam Imp Sports

Re: 1967 Sunbeam Imp Sport

Post by ImpownerUK » Sat Jul 01, 2017 4:04 pm

Still alive .. moved to a different location .. in storage .. awaiting time to (hopefully) do justice to what is these days a surprisingly rare survivor.
User avatar
Grahame59
Posts: 1647
Joined: Sat Aug 14, 2004 11:42 am
Club Member: Yes
Car Model: Hillman Imp Super
Location: Billingshurst, West Sussex
Contact:

Re: 1967 Sunbeam Imp Sport

Post by Grahame59 » Sat Jul 01, 2017 5:30 pm

What a find! That is the sort of Imp I'm sure we all dream of finding. Glad it's gone to a good home.
Imp011
Grahame Pearson
Member No. 23
Editor, Impressions

1967 Imp Super
(0-60 like a Porsche, only slower)
User avatar
Lars Hagermark
Posts: 1350
Joined: Mon Apr 03, 2006 9:47 pm
Club Member: Yes
Car Model: 69 Californian (998) and two 1964 Imps (projects)
Location: 25 km s.w. of Stockholm, Sweden (overseas contact).

Re: 1967 Sunbeam Imp Sport

Post by Lars Hagermark » Sat Jul 01, 2017 6:24 pm

010105s_thumbup.gif
010105s_thumbup.gif (9.01 KiB) Viewed 3096 times
Overseas contact, Sweden. -69 Cali (998), 2 -64 Imps in need of "some" work.
Life is full of solutions waiting to be found.
User avatar
impmann
Posts: 3876
Joined: Tue Sep 09, 2003 10:27 am
Club Member: Yes
Car Model: ...er, one or two
Location: Midlands
Contact:

Re: 1967 Sunbeam Imp Sport

Post by impmann » Mon Jul 03, 2017 9:04 am

Really pleased to hear that the car still exists and there is a long term plan for preservation. There was a lot that needed doing but it was such an original car. Sadly, I don't think Dick Tompkins ever forgave me for selling it without offering him first refusal... his perfect Imp, apparently. I didn't realise he wanted it... Sorry, mate!
Tim Morgan
Imps since 1987... one or two of them. ;-)
ImpownerUK
Posts: 8
Joined: Wed Jan 29, 2014 6:41 pm
Club Member: Yes
Car Model: '63 Deluxe, '67 and '68 Sunbeam Imp Sports

Re: 1967 Sunbeam Imp Sport

Post by ImpownerUK » Sun Jun 17, 2018 10:32 am

This entry prompted by progress on my white 1968 Sunbeam. By no means in poor condition to start off with, I decided anyway to put a set of new panels on it. Partly the exercise was to learn the ins and outs of an Imp’s structure, and what repair techniques are best suited to what areas of the car’s bodywork. My tools are an oxy-acetylene welder and a spot welder.

I learnt a few things on the way. Any responses would be appreciated. First, removal and replacement of whole rear wings represents a lot of work. Second, and partly a reflection of the above, any braze administered by the factory constitutes a load of problems (I knew that anyway, before I started). There was braze around certain joints on the front and rear wings on my car. Third, Ex-Pressed panels (their patch panels at least) are a reasonable fit and can be a viable short cut to a quality repair (I hate cutting up rare original Rootes panels). Fourth, as repairers we can’t get always get the necessary access to replicate as-factory original build.

Pondering whether to tackle my ’63 DeLuxe or my low mileage and highly original ’67 Sunbeam next (albeit neither in the immediate future), I wonder what experience others have of using the Ex-Pressed panels – which I see are now available in a fairly comprehensive range?
ImpownerUK
Posts: 8
Joined: Wed Jan 29, 2014 6:41 pm
Club Member: Yes
Car Model: '63 Deluxe, '67 and '68 Sunbeam Imp Sports

Re: 1967 Sunbeam Imp Sport

Post by ImpownerUK » Mon Jun 18, 2018 4:34 pm

A couple of photos that I meant to include yesterday. The spit makes life so much easier ..
Picture2.jpg
Picture1.jpg
The question is which of these two in the background (blue or green) gets the treatment next? The blue car was registered in early June 1963. And I like the style (simple, original trim). Especially if slightly lowered and with a 'works' binnacle and clocks I reckon it will look good.

But I suppose I ought to get this white one dipped, painted and fitted out fully first ..
User avatar
bazzateer
Posts: 8328
Joined: Sun Apr 02, 2006 11:27 am
Club Member: Yes
Car Model: 68 Chamois Sport, 72 Imp Sport, 67 Vogue, 69 Vogue
Location: Watford and very occasionally Fareham

Re: 1967 Sunbeam Imp Sport

Post by bazzateer » Mon Jun 18, 2018 6:58 pm

Blue one :)
If I told you I was a pathological liar, would you believe me?
Barry Blackmore - Chiltern ACO, apparently.......................
The Nun
Posts: 7301
Joined: Tue Jan 23, 2007 7:02 pm
Club Member: Yes
Car Model: Imp x 2
Location: South

Re: 1967 Sunbeam Imp Sport

Post by The Nun » Tue Jun 19, 2018 3:59 am

Yes the blue one, that's probably the earliest IMP left that's not in a museum?
Peter Nunn...ey im member 00033
AnonymousUser
Posts: 1515
Joined: Thu Apr 07, 2016 2:17 pm
Club Member: Yes
Car Model: Hillman

Re: 1967 Sunbeam Imp Sport

Post by AnonymousUser » Tue Jun 19, 2018 8:25 am

...
Last edited by AnonymousUser on Mon Sep 10, 2018 7:28 pm, edited 1 time in total.
ImpownerUK
Posts: 8
Joined: Wed Jan 29, 2014 6:41 pm
Club Member: Yes
Car Model: '63 Deluxe, '67 and '68 Sunbeam Imp Sports

Re: 1967 Sunbeam Imp Sport

Post by ImpownerUK » Tue Jun 19, 2018 11:13 am

I tend to agree: blue one. Sorry in case it offends anyone, I've got a nice 998 I can use too. Nothing irreversible of course. The car is already in good condition. Even its bonnet is 100% rust free. Too many cars. Can't help myself. I'll probably start a new thread when I eventually get started on it ..
User avatar
impmann
Posts: 3876
Joined: Tue Sep 09, 2003 10:27 am
Club Member: Yes
Car Model: ...er, one or two
Location: Midlands
Contact:

Re: 1967 Sunbeam Imp Sport

Post by impmann » Tue Jun 19, 2018 12:32 pm

I would say Green... but then, I've always regretted letting go of that car. 8)
Tim Morgan
Imps since 1987... one or two of them. ;-)
Post Reply