A vintage British classic car, which featured in the 1942 film Casablanca, has gone up for sale for £128,000.

The 98-year-old Sunbeam made its movie debut carrying police through the crowded streets of Morocco’s biggest city in the early moments of the WWII romantic drama starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman.

First registered on 23 July 1919, the Sunbeam was previously owned by the Warner Brothers movie company. It has recently been treated to a £160,000 four-year restoration.

The full restoration involved removing the body and every conceivable item for the car. The engine, gearbox, and rear axle have all been completely refurbished.

The body was treated with care and kitted out with new seats upholstered in buttoned purple leather to match the new paint.

Finishing off the restoration, a new windscreen was tailor made, and a new hood frame was covered with a mohair hood. A new two-part cover was also fitted along with a hood bag.

Since being restored the car has driven 2,000 miles as a run in.

“The result is an immaculate car in first-class mechanical condition. With a low revving engine and a high gear ratio it is an excellent, comfortable touring car which will cruise at 55 mph all day long and climb most hills in top gear.” say the sales notes.

A company spokesman said: “This is a car that may be bought, rallied and used with absolute confidence as everything that can be done to the car has been done to it. Driving it is a pleasure.”

The car is being sold by Vintage & Prestige Classic Cars, based in Grays, Essex.

 

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