HISTORICAL GLIMPSES - PAGE FIVE
Recent findings appear to validate the
existence of a vehicle matching the one pictured in this, seldom seen, Rootes photograph.
For those with access to Richard Langworth's book, "Tiger, Alpine, Rapier", you
can find this image printed on page 122. It was used by the author to emphasize the
similarity between the Tiger and Alpine. To my knowledge it has never been published since
and to be honest, until I received the letter that prompts visiting this subject, I was
convinced the photo was nothing more than a mocked-up Tiger styling exercise, based on a
Series IV Alpine. Now however, it looks as though the picture is for real, meaning one of
the "pilot production" cars (Alpine Fords) was indeed configured to accept the
Alpine spoked wire wheels.
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