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Vintage car which featured in the film Casablanca goes up for sale for £128,000

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

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The iconic 1919 24HP Sunbeam is seen carrying police through the crowded streets of the Moroccan city in the early moments of the Second World War romantic drama.

The 4½ litre motor, which is nearly 100 years old, was made at Sunbeam's British base and was one of the first off the production line after the First World War.

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The rare vehicle - formerly owned by the Warner Bros movie company was subject to a £160,000 four-year restoration three years ago.

It is now being sold by Vintage & Prestige Classic Cars, based in Grays, Essex, due to the current owner's advancing years.

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This car was first registered on July 23, 1919, being one of the first off the production line following the end of the First World War.

During the war the Sunbeam Motor Car Company had stopped production of cars in order to concentrate on the manufacture of aero engines for military use.

The 24hp Sunbeam was in fact, designed before the war and was a development of the 30hp Edwardian model, so it is very much an Edwardian car in design, but its production was delayed by the onset of hostilities.

The car's early ownership is unknown, but it was owned by the film studio Warner Brothers in 1967, and it made a brief appearance in the film 'Casablanca'.

The four-year restoration involved removing the body and attending to every conceivable item.

– Vintage & Prestige Classic Cars