1965 Sunbeam Tiger Mark I Roadster  Chassis no. B9472451HROFE

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1965 Sunbeam Tiger Mark I Roadster
Registration no. ENX 733X Chassis no. B9472451HROFE

Sold for £ 25,875 (US$ 35,468) inc. premium
1965 Sunbeam Tiger Mark I Roadster
Registration no. ENX 733X
Chassis no. B9472451HROFE

Footnotes

  • 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) 'Windsor' V8 was chosen, and even though this had 'only' 164bhp on tap it was approaching double the output of the contemporary Alpine's 1.6-litre four. The transplant radically transformed the car's character. Assembled by Jensen Motors and introduced in 1964, the Tiger kept the Alpine's basic layout but 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 around 120mph. Sadly, the model was killed off by Rootes' new owner Chrysler shortly after the revised 4.7-litre Tiger II was introduced in 1967. A little over 7,000 Sunbeam Tigers had been produced when the final cars rolled off the production line in 1968.

    This Tiger I was rebuilt during the 1990s, using original spares, and fitted with the 4.7-litre engine from a Mark II. Used sparingly between 2000 and 2010, it has just been re-commissioned for sale and is described as in generally good condition. The car is offered with sundry restoration invoices, current MoT, and a V5 registration document.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note the registration number should read ENX 733C and is misprinted in the catalogue.
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1965 Sunbeam Tiger Mark I Roadster  Chassis no. B9472451HROFE
1965 Sunbeam Tiger Mark I Roadster  Chassis no. B9472451HROFE
1965 Sunbeam Tiger Mark I Roadster  Chassis no. B9472451HROFE
1965 Sunbeam Tiger Mark I Roadster  Chassis no. B9472451HROFE
1965 Sunbeam Tiger Mark I Roadster  Chassis no. B9472451HROFE
1965 Sunbeam Tiger Mark I Roadster  Chassis no. B9472451HROFE
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