Forgotten Rootes — The Unsung Sporting Cars of the Rootes Group
by Michael Burgess
The sporting cars produced by the Rootes Group have somehow slipped from popular memory. Some will remember the Sunbeam Alpine, but few seem to recall the contemporary Sunbeam Rapier saloon or the fastback that succeeded it. The Hillman sporting models are even less remembered. The Hillman Avenger saloons became Group One Racing champions and British Touring Car champions. The humble Hillman Imp was part of their rally team and there was a sporting Singer Coupe version. A Hillman Hunter Saloon went on to win a London–Sydney marathon rally, and the luxury Humber model inherited its sporting mechanics.
The last gasp of the Rootes Group sporting range was the Sunbeam hatchback of the 1980s, which gave birth to a sporting GLS, a Webber-fitted and spoilered Ti and finally a Lotus-powered version that went on to win the RAC rally championship.
This book sets the record straight and celebrates these worthy, but often sadly forgotten, vehicles.
The Rootes Group
The Sunbeam 80/90/Alpine Family
Sunbeam Rapier: The Audax Series Cars
The Series Sunbeam Alpines
The Sunbeam Tiger
The Fastback Sunbeam Rapiers
The Hillman Hunter
The Sporting Imps
The Hillman Avenger
The Sunbeam Hatchbacks
The End of the Rootes Group
Buch, Softcover, 16,5 x 23 cm, 96 Seiten, 100 farbige Abbildungen, englischer Text