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1955 Sunbeam Alpine

This unusual car is probably unfamiliar to you unless you are a fan of Cary Grant, Grace Kelly, or Alfred Hitchcock. It is virtually identical to the car Kelly drove in 1955's To Catch a Thief.

It is, in my humble opinion, one of the most photogenic cars I have ever photographed.

Fully restored, it was one of 1,582 built over a production run that spanned 1953 to 1955. It is powered by a 2.3-liter OHV four, and I would consider it a contemporary of the Mercedes-Benz 190 SL, another four-cylinder four-seater, itself introduced in 1955.

The car is related to the Sunbeam Talbot 90 sedan and many of the design details come from the noted designer, Raymond Lowey, who finalized the design.

This car was photographed for an upcoming magazine feature in Italy and I am exploring other feature opportunities in the US and markets outside of North America.

There are three sets of photos in this album. The first set are photos of the car where I employed standard processing only. the second set of photos employ mild tonemapping to give an HDR effect. The final set is where I applied a B&W treatment to the HDR photos to give the photos an in-period, press photo look.

Please feel free to leave comments and to view the rest of my albums posted at http://automotivetraveler.fotki.com/ and visit the Automotive Traveler homepage at http://automotivetraveler.com

Photos copyright 2012 by Richard Truesdell, all rights reserved.

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