Vehicle Identification

Example Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)



A: chassis number  B: suffix
C: engine number  E: engine type
D: body colour code

Example vehicle identification plate

Sunbeam Alpine 1959 to 1968

Series I - 1494 cc

B9000001 to 9011904

October 1959 to October 1960

Series II - 1592 cc

B9100001 to 9110056

October 1960 to March 1963

Series III - 1592 cc

B9200001 to 9205863

March 1963 to January 1964

Series IV - 1592 cc

B9400001 to 94104470

September 1964 to September 1965

Series V - 1725 cc

B395000001 to 395019122

September 1965 to January 1968

Sunbeam Rapier

Series I – 1390 cc Cast Iron head

A3600001

Series II – 1494 cc Cast Iron head

A3800001

Series III

B3000001 (Early) – 1494 cc Aluminium head

B3010001 (Late) – 1592 cc

Series IIIA – 1592 cc

B3050001 (Early)

B3060001 (Late)

Series IIIB – 1592 cc

B1100001

Series IV – 1592 cc

B3300001 Built Up

B3350031 CKD*

Series IVA  – 1592 cc and all synchro gearbox

B33100001 Built Up

B33600001 CKD*

Series V – 1725 cc and all synchro gearbox

B325000001 Built Up

B325900001 CKD*

*CKD: Complete Knock Down, cars exported in kit form


Sunbeam Tiger and Alpine 260 (1964 to 1967)

Mk I – 4.2 litre (260 cu)

B9470001 to 9473762

June 1964 to August 1965

Mk IA – 4.2 litre (260 cu)

B382000001 to 382002706

August 1965 to December 1966

Mk II – 4.7 litre (289 cu)

B382100100 to 382100634

December 1966 to June 1967


Suffix letters:

GT: Grand Tourer

ST: Standard (soft-top)

OD: Overdrive

FE: Ford Engine (Tiger)

BW: Borg Warner Automatic

L: Low Compression

W: RHD Export

X: LHD Export

R: Roadster

O: Standard


JAL: Jenson Alpine Limited

SAL: Sunbeam Alpine

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