1966 SUNBEAM  TIGER SERIES I  Chassis no. B382000023LRXFE
Lot 66
Beautifully restored example
1966 SUNBEAM TIGER SERIES I
Sold for US$ 77,000 inc. premium

Lot Details
1966 SUNBEAM  TIGER SERIES I  Chassis no. B382000023LRXFE 1966 SUNBEAM  TIGER SERIES I  Chassis no. B382000023LRXFE 1966 SUNBEAM  TIGER SERIES I  Chassis no. B382000023LRXFE 1966 SUNBEAM  TIGER SERIES I  Chassis no. B382000023LRXFE 1966 SUNBEAM  TIGER SERIES I  Chassis no. B382000023LRXFE 1966 SUNBEAM  TIGER SERIES I  Chassis no. B382000023LRXFE 1966 SUNBEAM  TIGER SERIES I  Chassis no. B382000023LRXFE 1966 SUNBEAM  TIGER SERIES I  Chassis no. B382000023LRXFE 1966 SUNBEAM  TIGER SERIES I  Chassis no. B382000023LRXFE 1966 SUNBEAM  TIGER SERIES I  Chassis no. B382000023LRXFE 1966 SUNBEAM  TIGER SERIES I  Chassis no. B382000023LRXFE 1966 SUNBEAM  TIGER SERIES I  Chassis no. B382000023LRXFE 1966 SUNBEAM  TIGER SERIES I  Chassis no. B382000023LRXFE 1966 SUNBEAM  TIGER SERIES I  Chassis no. B382000023LRXFE 1966 SUNBEAM  TIGER SERIES I  Chassis no. B382000023LRXFE 1966 SUNBEAM  TIGER SERIES I  Chassis no. B382000023LRXFE 1966 SUNBEAM  TIGER SERIES I  Chassis no. B382000023LRXFE 1966 SUNBEAM  TIGER SERIES I  Chassis no. B382000023LRXFE 1966 SUNBEAM  TIGER SERIES I  Chassis no. B382000023LRXFE 1966 SUNBEAM  TIGER SERIES I  Chassis no. B382000023LRXFE 1966 SUNBEAM  TIGER SERIES I  Chassis no. B382000023LRXFE 1966 SUNBEAM  TIGER SERIES I  Chassis no. B382000023LRXFE 1966 SUNBEAM  TIGER SERIES I  Chassis no. B382000023LRXFE 1966 SUNBEAM  TIGER SERIES I  Chassis no. B382000023LRXFE 1966 SUNBEAM  TIGER SERIES I  Chassis no. B382000023LRXFE 1966 SUNBEAM  TIGER SERIES I  Chassis no. B382000023LRXFE 1966 SUNBEAM  TIGER SERIES I  Chassis no. B382000023LRXFE 1966 SUNBEAM  TIGER SERIES I  Chassis no. B382000023LRXFE 1966 SUNBEAM  TIGER SERIES I  Chassis no. B382000023LRXFE 1966 SUNBEAM  TIGER SERIES I  Chassis no. B382000023LRXFE 1966 SUNBEAM  TIGER SERIES I  Chassis no. B382000023LRXFE 1966 SUNBEAM  TIGER SERIES I  Chassis no. B382000023LRXFE 1966 SUNBEAM  TIGER SERIES I  Chassis no. B382000023LRXFE 1966 SUNBEAM  TIGER SERIES I  Chassis no. B382000023LRXFE 1966 SUNBEAM  TIGER SERIES I  Chassis no. B382000023LRXFE 1966 SUNBEAM  TIGER SERIES I  Chassis no. B382000023LRXFE
1966 SUNBEAM TIGER SERIES I

Chassis no. B382000023LRXFE

289ci OHV V8 Engine
Single 4-Barrel Carburetor
200bhp at 4,400rpm
4-Speed Manual Transmission
Front Independent Suspension – Live Rear Axle
Front Disc – Rear Drum Brakes


*Beautifully restored example of the charming Sunbeam Tiger
*Thrilling Anglo-American hybrid
*Listed in the Tigers Owners Registry
*Excellent entry in high-speed rallies and driving events such as the Copperstate 1000
*Tastefully upgraded to 289ci power plant



THE SUNBEAM TIGER

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 Anglo-American hot-rodding with its Sunbeam Alpine sports car. Ford's 260ci (4.2-liter) unit was chosen, and even though it had 'only' 165bhp on tap, it produced nearly twice the horsepower of the contemporary Alpine's 1.6-liter four. The aptly named Sunbeam Tiger entered production in June of 1964, more than a year after Shelby's first prototypes were initially released.

The Pressed Steel Company Limited in Oxfordshire, England, supplied painted and trimmed bodies and the engines and gearboxes came directly from Ford in America. Assembly was handled at the Jensen Motors Limited plant in West Bromwich, England. Compared to the standard Alpine, the Tiger was fitted with a stronger gearbox and rear axle plus rack-and-pinion steering and was vastly superior to its Alpine progenitor in performance terms; the Tiger stormed to 60mph in less than ten seconds and peaked at 117mph.

In 1967, the Series II Tiger was introduced, with the major change being an upgrade of the 165 horsepower 260 to the 200 horsepower 289ci V8. Sadly, the Tiger was terminated shortly thereafter when Rootes was acquired by Chrysler, who was understandably opposed to selling the Ford-equipped Tiger. However short their production run, the Sunbeam Tigers were an excellent and important example of Anglo-American hot-rodding and offer blistering performance in a handsome, decidedly British package.


THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

This beautiful Series 1 Tiger is offered in marvelous condition, benefiting from a recent restoration. The charming Series I body is finished in a wonderful dark blue metallic over a grey interior, an interesting and pleasing combination on this exciting Roadster. The interior features a wooden steering wheel and freshly rebuilt Jaeger gauges mounted in a refinished wooden dash. At some point, this stunning Tiger was upgraded to feature the larger, more potent 289ci engine of the Series II Tiger, bringing the 0-60 time to 7.5 seconds from 8.6. This is a common upgrade to first series Tigers, and one that is very easy to carry out, since the Ford 260ci and 289ci V8 engines are virtually identical externally, and mount in the chassis the same way. This performance bump, along with its recent comprehensive restoration, make this English roadster an exciting and desirable prospect for spirited driving and high-level shows alike.

This carefully maintained sports car is recorded in the Sunbeam Tiger registry and offers an excellent opportunity to acquire a rare and important sports car. Priced at a fraction of the price of the Shelby Cobra's, the Sunbeam Tiger offers excellent 'bang for your buck'. A great Roadster to take on high-speed rallies and driving events such as the Copperstate 1000, or simply cruise around the country side on a Sunday morning.

Footnotes

  • Please note that this vehicle is titled with chassis number B38200023LRXFE.

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