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About Sunbeam

Sunbeam was a marque registered by John Marston Co. Ltd of Wolverhampton, England, in 1888. The company first made bicycles, then motorcycles and cars from the late 19th century to circa 1936, and applied the marque to all three forms of transportation. A Sunbeam was the first British car to win a Grand Prix race, and set a number of land speed records.

Early history

John Marston was apprenticed to the Jeddo Works of Wolverhampton as a japanner (metal lacquerer). In 1859, at the age of 23, he bought two existing tinplate manufacturers and set up on his own, John Marston Co. Ltd. Marston was an avid bicycler, and in 1877 set up the Sunbeamland Cycle Factory, producing bikes known as Sunbeams. Between 1899 and 1901 the company also produced a number of experimental cars, but none of these were offered to the market.

The first production car named as a Sunbeam was introduced in 1901, after a partnership with Maxwell Maberly-Smith. The Sunbeam-Mabley design was an odd one, with seats on either side of a belt-drive powered by a single-cylinder engine of less than 3hp. The design was a limited success, with 420 sold at £130 when production ended in 1904. At that point the company started production of a Thomas Pullinger designed car based on the Berliet mechanicals. They introduced a new model, based on a Peugeot motor they bought for study, in 1906 and sold about ten a week.

In 1905, the Sunbeam Motorcar Company Ltd was formed separate from the rest of the John Marston business which retained the Sunbeam motorcycles and bicycles.

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S4 8v 1.4L      M-4
46.0 kW / 61.7 hp / 61.7 hp        
   

Sunbeam Rapier (1957)

petrol (gasoline) 4-cylinder 8-valve straight (inline) engine, 1388 cm3 / 84.7 cu in / 84.7 cu in, 46.0 kW / 61.7 hp / 61.7 hp @ 5000 rpm / 5000 rpm / 5000 rpm, manual 4-speed transmission, rear wheel drive

2-door
5-seat
S4 8v 1.7L OHV M-4
63.4 kW / 85.0 hp / 85.0 hp  134.0 N·m / 98.8 lb·ft / 98.8 lb·ft
   

Sunbeam Rapier (1966)

2-door 5-seater SAl, petrol (gasoline) 4-cylinder 8-valve straight (inline) engine, OHV (overhead valve, I-head), 1723 cm3 / 105.1 cu in / 105.1 cu in, 63.4 kW / 85.0 hp / 85.0 hp @ 5500 rpm / 5500 rpm / 5500 rpm, 134.0 N·m / 98.8 lb·ft / 98.8 lb·ft @ 3500 rpm / 3500 rpm / 3500 rpm, manual 4-speed transmission, rear wheel drive, 154 km/h / 96 mph / 96 mph top speed

2-door
2+2-seat
S4 8v 1.7L OHV OD-4
58.9 kW / 79.0 hp / 79.0 hp  126.0 N·m / 92.9 lb·ft / 92.9 lb·ft
   

Sunbeam Rapier (1967)

2-door 2+2-seater fixed-head coupé, petrol (gasoline) 4-cylinder 8-valve straight (inline) engine, OHV (overhead valve, I-head), 1725 cm3 / 105.3 cu in / 105.3 cu in, 58.9 kW / 79.0 hp / 79.0 hp @ 5200 rpm / 5200 rpm / 5200 rpm, 126.0 N·m / 92.9 lb·ft / 92.9 lb·ft @ 3300 rpm / 3300 rpm / 3300 rpm, manual with overdrive 4-speed transmission, rear wheel drive, 166 km/h / 103 mph / 103 mph top speed

  
  
S4 8v 1.5L         
57.0 kW / 76.4 hp / 76.4 hp        
   

Sunbeam Rapier (1959)

petrol (gasoline) 4-cylinder 8-valve straight (inline) engine, 1494 cm3 / 91.2 cu in / 91.2 cu in, 57.0 kW / 76.4 hp / 76.4 hp

  
4-seat
S4   1.7L         
59.0 kW / 79.1 hp / 79.1 hp  126.0 N·m / 92.9 lb·ft / 92.9 lb·ft
   

Sunbeam Rapier (1970)

4-seater, petrol (gasoline) 4-cylinder straight (inline) engine, 1725 cm3 / 105.3 cu in / 105.3 cu in, 59.0 kW / 79.1 hp / 79.1 hp @ 5200 rpm / 5200 rpm / 5200 rpm, 126.0 N·m / 92.9 lb·ft / 92.9 lb·ft @ 3800 rpm / 3800 rpm / 3800 rpm

  
4-seat
S4   1.7L         
59.0 kW / 79.1 hp / 79.1 hp  126.0 N·m / 92.9 lb·ft / 92.9 lb·ft
   

Sunbeam Rapier (1971)

4-seater convertible (cabriolet), petrol (gasoline) 4-cylinder straight (inline) engine, 1725 cm3 / 105.3 cu in / 105.3 cu in, 59.0 kW / 79.1 hp / 79.1 hp @ 5200 rpm / 5200 rpm / 5200 rpm, 126.0 N·m / 92.9 lb·ft / 92.9 lb·ft @ 3800 rpm / 3800 rpm / 3800 rpm

  
4-seat
S4   1.7L         
59.0 kW / 79.1 hp / 79.1 hp  126.0 N·m / 92.9 lb·ft / 92.9 lb·ft
   

Sunbeam Rapier (1972)

4-seater, petrol (gasoline) 4-cylinder straight (inline) engine, 1725 cm3 / 105.3 cu in / 105.3 cu in, 59.0 kW / 79.1 hp / 79.1 hp @ 5200 rpm / 5200 rpm / 5200 rpm, 126.0 N·m / 92.9 lb·ft / 92.9 lb·ft @ 3800 rpm / 3800 rpm / 3800 rpm

  
4-seat
S4   1.7L         
59.0 kW / 79.1 hp / 79.1 hp  126.0 N·m / 92.9 lb·ft / 92.9 lb·ft
   

Sunbeam Rapier (1973)

4-seater, petrol (gasoline) 4-cylinder straight (inline) engine, 1725 cm3 / 105.3 cu in / 105.3 cu in, 59.0 kW / 79.1 hp / 79.1 hp @ 5200 rpm / 5200 rpm / 5200 rpm, 126.0 N·m / 92.9 lb·ft / 92.9 lb·ft @ 3800 rpm / 3800 rpm / 3800 rpm

  
4-seat
S4   1.7L         
59.0 kW / 79.1 hp / 79.1 hp  126.0 N·m / 92.9 lb·ft / 92.9 lb·ft
   

Sunbeam Rapier (1974)

4-seater, petrol (gasoline) 4-cylinder straight (inline) engine, 1725 cm3 / 105.3 cu in / 105.3 cu in, 59.0 kW / 79.1 hp / 79.1 hp @ 5200 rpm / 5200 rpm / 5200 rpm, 126.0 N·m / 92.9 lb·ft / 92.9 lb·ft @ 3800 rpm / 3800 rpm / 3800 rpm

  
4-seat
S4   1.7L         
59.0 kW / 79.1 hp / 79.1 hp  126.0 N·m / 92.9 lb·ft / 92.9 lb·ft
   

Sunbeam Rapier (1975)

4-seater, petrol (gasoline) 4-cylinder straight (inline) engine, 1725 cm3 / 105.3 cu in / 105.3 cu in, 59.0 kW / 79.1 hp / 79.1 hp @ 5200 rpm / 5200 rpm / 5200 rpm, 126.0 N·m / 92.9 lb·ft / 92.9 lb·ft @ 3800 rpm / 3800 rpm / 3800 rpm

  
4-seat
S4   1.7L         
59.0 kW / 79.1 hp / 79.1 hp  126.0 N·m / 92.9 lb·ft / 92.9 lb·ft
   

Sunbeam Rapier (1976)

4-seater, petrol (gasoline) 4-cylinder straight (inline) engine, 1725 cm3 / 105.3 cu in / 105.3 cu in, 59.0 kW / 79.1 hp / 79.1 hp @ 5200 rpm / 5200 rpm / 5200 rpm, 126.0 N·m / 92.9 lb·ft / 92.9 lb·ft @ 3800 rpm / 3800 rpm / 3800 rpm

  
4-seat
S4 8v 1.7L         
59.0 kW / 79.1 hp / 79.1 hp  126.0 N·m / 92.9 lb·ft / 92.9 lb·ft
   

Sunbeam Rapier 1700 (1968)

4-seater coupé, petrol (gasoline) 4-cylinder 8-valve straight (inline) engine, 1725 cm3 / 105.3 cu in / 105.3 cu in, 59.0 kW / 79.1 hp / 79.1 hp @ 5200 rpm / 5200 rpm / 5200 rpm, 126.0 N·m / 92.9 lb·ft / 92.9 lb·ft @ 3800 rpm / 3800 rpm / 3800 rpm, rear wheel drive

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The Varying Drivers License Requirements Around the World

Minimum driving ages, the number of passengers young drivers can have with them at any time, the times of day that drivers under the age of 18 can drive…

These all vary depending on where young motorists are driving. They vary, even, across the United States.

For instance, in Maine, motorists under the age of 18 aren’t allowed to have any passengers with them as they drive for the first 180 days after they obtain their licenses. In Alabama, motorists under the age of 18 can have one passenger with them.

And that’s just one example of the differences in driving license requirements from one part of the country to the next. The differences are even more pronounced when comparing one country to another. Minimum driving ages vary widely across the world. While most states in the United States allow youngsters to earn their learner’s permits at the age of 15, many other countries require their residents to be much older before they get behind the wheel of a car.

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