Sunbeam 1000HP Restoration
We are thrilled to be part the National Motor Museum Sunbeam 1000hp Restoration Campaign which aims to recommission the legendary Sunbeam 1000hp ‘Slug’ land speed vehicle with the ambition of returning to Daytona Beach for the 100 year anniversary of Sir Henry Segrave’s 203.792 mph world land speed record on March 29th 1927.
The project will commence on March 29th 2023. Over the 4 year period there will be events and opportunities both at the Museum and online to get involved, including talks and workshops focusing on the Sunbeam and its history. There will also be educational opportunities for schools, colleges and universities to get involved with STEM workshops and activities.
History Of the Sunbeam 100hp
The National Motor Museum celebrates the incredible examples of pioneering motoring with the amazing vehicles used by the daring land speed record breakers. In the top league of such motorcars is the 1,000hp Sunbeam of 1927 which was one of the first cars built for the sole purpose of breaking the record and was the first car to reach 200mph/321.87kph powered by two aircraft engines.
Although built in Wolverhampton the beast of a vehicle was taken to Florida, and with a crowd of 30,000 spectators looking on the Sunbeam 1000hp record breaking attempt took place on the morning of March 29 1927 on Daytona beach. The speeds achieved on the two runs averaged 203.792mph/327.972kph – a new World Land Speed record!
The Sunbeam 1000hp – also christened ‘The Slug’ or ‘Mystery’ – has been on display at the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu for some years but, unlike many of the other vehicles in the museum, it isn’t in working order. Our dream is to have it recommissioned and restored so that it can be enjoyed by future generations and remain a shining example of British engineering, British-American motoring heritage, and human endeavour.
Sunbeam’s two 22.5 litre engines, which each produced 435bhp, have not run for over half a century after corrosion attacked internal workings. With painstaking rebuilding, using specialist knowledge and bespoke parts, National Motor Museum engineers will recapture the sounds, sights and smells of this ground-breaking machine and help to preserve it for future generations.
Sunbeam 1000hp went on display at Beaulieu in 1958 on loan, before being bought by Edward, Lord Montagu in 1970. It now sits proudly at the heart of the National Motor Museum’s For Britain and For The Hell Of It display, alongside fellow Land Speed Record breakers Sunbeam 350hp, Golden Arrow and Bluebird CN7. National Motor Museum Senior Engineer Ian Stanfield has started work to strip down the rear engine of Sunbeam 1000hp, to discover the true extent of corrosion damage – but funds are now needed to turn back the clock and complete the full restoration project.