The Sunbeam Alpine Roadster, Sex, and Celluloid

To Catch A Thief is a sexy film, though not in the way we view sexuality today.

It is oblique, subtle, suggestive.

There is an allusion to sex that leaves the viewer wanting more.

Grace Kelly, icy cool and devastatingly beautiful, gliding across the room in a perfectly fitted evening gown. Cary Grant, confident, swaggering, and always ready with a clever line.

Even the car driven by Kelly exudes an elegant sexuality.

The powder blue Sunbeam Alpine Roadster is seductive, sophisticated, unattainable…until now.

I recently received an email from Tom Holland, a California man who is parting ways with the ultimate To Catch A Thief souvenir. His Sunbeam Alpine Roadster, an exact replica of the car driven in the movie, is for sale.

It is completely restored and in mint condition. The exterior and interior colors perfectly match the car featured in the film (as do the front and back license plates). The Roadster even has its own agent in Los Angeles and was recently showcased in an InStyle Magazine article featuring Drew Barrymore.

Tom wrote a wonderful article, To Catch An Alpine, about his experiences with the car and in 2013 it was adapted for a feature story/photo spread in the October issue of Motor Trend Classic Magazine.

This is a very special car indeed, and if you happen to purchase it, let Tom know you heard about it first on Le Stuff…

For more information on his Sunbeam Alpine Roadster contact Tom Holland at t.holland@att.net. 

Photos by Richard Truesdell

 

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