Founded by John Marston in 1888 Sunbeam first made bicycles. Car manufacture commenced in 1901. The Wolverhampton-based Sunbeam factory quickly established a fine reputation alongside Lanchester, Wolseley, Austin and Daimler at the heart of the expanding Midlands motor industry. The arrival from Hillman in 1909 of designer Louis Coatalen enabled the marque to establish a formidable reputation in competition prior to WWI. Sunbeams won countless races at Brooklands and set several speed records. After the War the firm supplied racing cars to Henry Segrave. He made history in 1923 becoming the first British driver to win a Grand Prix in a British car at the French Grand Prix in a Sunbeam. They won two more Grands Prix in 1924, and in 1925. One of the new 3.0-litre Twin-Cam Super Sports road models finished 2nd at Le Mans in 1925. The 3.0-Litre Super Sports was powered by a twin-cam ‘six’ featuring an eight-bearing crankshaft, twin Claudel carburettors and dry sump lubrication. It featured inclined valves operated via easily adjustable tappet levers by two overhead camshafts, an important innovation at the time. The chassis specification included a four-speed in-unit gearbox, torque tube back axle, semi-elliptic front suspension, cantilever rear suspension and four-wheel brakes. Producing anywhere between 90 and 120bhp, the Super Sports was capable of 90mph, making it one of the fastest production sports cars of the day.