Inspired by Carroll Shelby's success in shoehorning a Ford V8 into the AC Ace to create the Cobra, Rootes asked Shelby to perform the same trick with its Sunbeam Alpine sports car. Ford's 260ci (4.2-litre) unit was chosen, and even though this had 'only' 160bhp on tap it was approaching double the output of the contemporary Alpine's 1.6-litre four. Assembled by Jensen Motors and introduced in 1964, the Tiger featured a stronger gearbox and rear axle plus rack-and-pinion steering. Vastly superior to its Alpine progenitor in performance terms, the Tiger stormed to 60mph in under ten seconds and peaked at 117mph. Sadly, the model was killed off by Rootes' new owner Chrysler shortly after the revised Tiger II was introduced in 1967. This particular Tiger was purchased in the USA by a Mr Wiseman, who brought the car with him to the UK in 1994 and kept it at his London address. In the late 1990s the car was subject to a total 'bare metal' restoration including a repaint in British Racing Green, new interior trim and an engine rebuild carried out by LJS Precision Products (Aerospace) Ltd in Southampton. Close in inspection of the related invoices on file is recommended. In 2001 Mr Wiseman sold the Tiger to Michael Bull of Winchester, who in turn sold it to Simon Ahern in Ireland. While in Mr Ahern's ownership the vinyl hood was replaced with a quality mohair item and Willans safety harnesses installed at the same time. In 2010 the car was acquired by the current owner and since then has benefited from a programme of servicing and general improvements, resulting in one of the best-driving Tigers currently on the market. 'On the button' and ready to dive away, 'VYY 924E' comes with current road fund licence, MoT to May 2012, Swansea V5C document and that evocative V8 growl. A Hurst shifter is the only notified deviation from factory specification.
We are pleased to advise the Sunbeam is fitted with the more desirable 4.7-Litre engine complete with Edelbrock crankshaft.