- 1887 John Marston started the Sunbeamland Cycle Co..
- 1901 A Sunbeam-Mabely car was put into production;
the wheels were in a diamond layout, 1-2-1!
- 1905 The Sunbeam Motor Car Co. was formed.
- 1920 Sunbeam merged with Automobiles Darracq S.A. of France
- (1919 Darracq had bought Clement-Talbot (London))
forming Talbot-Darracq and Sunbeam-Talbot-Darracq (STD Motors).
- 1925 Malcolm Cambell set a World Land Speed Record of
150.76mph (242.6km/h) at Pendine Sands driving
the 18-litre V12 Sunbeam 350hp special, renamed
The car is at the UK National Motor Museum.
- 1927 Henry Segrave driving the "1000hp" Sunbeam
raised the World Land Speed Record to over 200mph --FIA.
- 1935 Sunbeam-Talbot-Darracq went into receivership;
Sunbeam and Talbot (UK) were bought by Rootes Group.
- 1938 Rootes formed the Sunbeam-Talbot brand.
- 1953 The Sunbeam Alpine sports car was released.
A black Sunbeam Alpine featured in the
Bond novel Dr. No (1958).
(In the Dr. No movie (1962), Bond (Sean Connery) drove a
later model Alpine.)
- 1959 The "Series" Sunbeam Alpine was a new design.
1965 Alpine (Series V) 1725cc
- 1964 The Sunbeam Tiger was released,
essentially a Sunbeam Alpine with a 260in3 (4.3-litre) Ford V8.
- 1964 Chrysler bought a share of Rootes.
- 1967 Chrysler took over Rootes.
- 1977 Chrysler stopped using the Sunbeam marque
although it was later reused as a model name.