The 1953 Alpine was a derivative of the Sunbeam-Talbot 90, meaning a 2267cc OHV four cylinder engine. It is said to have been inspired by a 90 cut down by George Hartwell. This was the second model to carry the Alpine name – the first being the 1933 Talbot Alpine.
The chassis and suspension were stiffened up. The engine was tuned with a new cylinder head and manifolding, giving 80bhp @ 4200rpm. A closer ratio gearbox was fitted with optional overdrive.
The bodies were based on 90 shells, but were finished and trimmed by Mulliners of Birmingham.
Like the saloon, the Alpine proved a very successful rally car.
A total of 1582 Alpines were produced:
Alpine Mk I – 1282
Alpine Mk III – 300