The National Motor Museum is pleased to announce that the Sunbeam 350hp Appeal has reached its £30,000 target. Thank you to everyone who supported the appeal to raise funds to build a new gear box for this iconic car.
The Sunbeam 350hp is famous both for competing on the race track and for breaking the World Land Speed Record on three separate occasions. Renamed Blue Bird by Sir Malcolm Campbell, it was the first car to go above 150 mph for a land speed record.
Sadly, despite this, it suffered many years of neglect before being rescued by Edward, Lord Montagu in 1957. Since then thousands of hours have been spent by the Museum Workshop team to return it to its former glory and in January 2014 the Sunbeam was fired up again, the first time it had been heard in public in over fifty years.
The money raised through this appeal will allow the final part of the mechanical rebuild to take place, a new gearbox for the Sunbeam 350hp.
Many years ago the original gearbox was removed and it was replaced with one that was only designed to take one tenth of the power produced by the Sunbeam’s engine, which significantly comprised the braking and speed of the car. As the original gearbox was a one-off, a new one will need to be built from scratch by the Workshop Team. There are no templates and only one photograph exists, so this is a challenge requiring all of the team’s knowledge and expertise.
Through the kind donations to the appeal work can now start on building the new gear box, allowing the Sunbeam 350hp to be enjoyed by future generations.
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