<b>1965 Sunbeam Tiger Mk 1 Custom</b><br />Chassis no. B9470080LRXFE

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Lot 137
1965 Sunbeam Tiger Mk 1 Custom

Sold for US$ 87,360 inc. premium
1965 Sunbeam Tiger Mk 1 Custom
Chassis no. B9470080LRXFE

331ci SOHC Sportsman 302 V8 Engine
4 Weber Carburetors
Est.389bhp at 6,100rpm
5-Speed G-Force T-5 Manual Transmission
4-Wheel Custom Independent Suspension
4-Wheel Wilwood Disc Brakes

*Restored and re-engineered with no expense spared
*The 80th Mk1 Tiger built
*Tastefully modified for giant killer performance
*Driven only 1000 miles since the restoration was completed


THE SUNBEAM TIGER

Inspired by Carroll Shelby's successful practice of 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. The project was instigated by the company's West Coast, USA distributor, Rootes American Motors Inc, which was located not far from Shelby American. Ford's 260ci 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-liter four. The transplant radically transformed the character of the car. 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. Tigers would go on to enjoy success in both racing and rallying over the years.

THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

Among one of the earliest Tigers built, this Mk 1 is the 80th car to roll off the line of the 3,763 Mk 1s built. A long time California car, this lucky Tiger was the subject of an extensive and thorough restoration and reengineering program that took what was already a stellar, fast car and turned the dial to 11. With a goal of highlighting the elements that most closely associate Shelby with the Tiger—namely taking a little British sportscar and giving it a heavy helping of American raw power, no expense was spared in completing the project.

Stripped to the bare metal, the original steel doors, trunk lid, hood, and unibody were all acid dipped and put on a rotisserie. The windshield was ever so slightly chopped two inches for a more aggressive look and the whole car was finished in a custom mixed one-off shade of PPG Metallic Tungsten with a pair of PPG Black Liquid Crystal Shelby racing stripes. The interior was then trimmed in red leather with black inserts and the dash finished in Brazilian Rosewood.

But the real action is underneath the mirror finish. Under the hood is a punched out 302 V8 built by Tillack & Co. Ltd. Only the best components were used including AFR 185 Aluminum heads covering Comp camshafts with hydraulic roller lifters. SRP aluminum pistons ride on Carrillo rods attached to a Scat crankshaft. A Melin high performance oil pump connected to an Aviaid competition oiling system with custom oil cooler keep things lubricated while a Fluidyne high performance aluminum radiator keeps things cool. The nearly 400 horsepower are routed through a G-Force T-5 tranny, controlled by a custom aluminum pedal assembly, back to a Corvette rear end with 3.36 gearing. Custom engineered adjustable independent rear suspension—supported by a reinforced unibody—replace the old live rear axle, while adjustable coil overs with custom A-arms top and bottom keep the front planted. 17" Vintage Wheel Works aluminum wheels shod in Bridgestone Potenza rubber and hung from adjustable Carrera racing shocks put down the power with massive Wilwood disc brakes to slow things down.

Completed in November of 2007, no expense was spared on the build. Even the Carroll Shelby was quite smitten with car and showed his love by signing the glove box. The present owner acquired the car in December of 2013 with only 75 miles on the odometer and has subsequently added less than 1000 more in the last five years. Since acquiring the car, several changes have been made to improve the car's ride and drivability including the instillation of four Weber carburetors in place of the fuel injection system that was on the car when it was purchased, a Holley electric fuel pump, a new set of tires and wheels, a new exhaust system, and a new soft top. It is now ready to burn rubber with a new owner at a mere fraction of its original build costs.

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  • Please note, this vehicle is titled under its chassis no. B9470080.
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<b>1965 Sunbeam Tiger Mk 1 Custom</b><br />Chassis no. B9470080LRXFE
<b>1965 Sunbeam Tiger Mk 1 Custom</b><br />Chassis no. B9470080LRXFE
<b>1965 Sunbeam Tiger Mk 1 Custom</b><br />Chassis no. B9470080LRXFE
<b>1965 Sunbeam Tiger Mk 1 Custom</b><br />Chassis no. B9470080LRXFE
<b>1965 Sunbeam Tiger Mk 1 Custom</b><br />Chassis no. B9470080LRXFE
<b>1965 Sunbeam Tiger Mk 1 Custom</b><br />Chassis no. B9470080LRXFE
<b>1965 Sunbeam Tiger Mk 1 Custom</b><br />Chassis no. B9470080LRXFE
<b>1965 Sunbeam Tiger Mk 1 Custom</b><br />Chassis no. B9470080LRXFE
<b>1965 Sunbeam Tiger Mk 1 Custom</b><br />Chassis no. B9470080LRXFE
<b>1965 Sunbeam Tiger Mk 1 Custom</b><br />Chassis no. B9470080LRXFE
<b>1965 Sunbeam Tiger Mk 1 Custom</b><br />Chassis no. B9470080LRXFE
<b>1965 Sunbeam Tiger Mk 1 Custom</b><br />Chassis no. B9470080LRXFE
<b>1965 Sunbeam Tiger Mk 1 Custom</b><br />Chassis no. B9470080LRXFE
<b>1965 Sunbeam Tiger Mk 1 Custom</b><br />Chassis no. B9470080LRXFE
<b>1965 Sunbeam Tiger Mk 1 Custom</b><br />Chassis no. B9470080LRXFE
<b>1965 Sunbeam Tiger Mk 1 Custom</b><br />Chassis no. B9470080LRXFE
<b>1965 Sunbeam Tiger Mk 1 Custom</b><br />Chassis no. B9470080LRXFE
<b>1965 Sunbeam Tiger Mk 1 Custom</b><br />Chassis no. B9470080LRXFE
<b>1965 Sunbeam Tiger Mk 1 Custom</b><br />Chassis no. B9470080LRXFE
<b>1965 Sunbeam Tiger Mk 1 Custom</b><br />Chassis no. B9470080LRXFE
<b>1965 Sunbeam Tiger Mk 1 Custom</b><br />Chassis no. B9470080LRXFE
<b>1965 Sunbeam Tiger Mk 1 Custom</b><br />Chassis no. B9470080LRXFE
<b>1965 Sunbeam Tiger Mk 1 Custom</b><br />Chassis no. B9470080LRXFE
<b>1965 Sunbeam Tiger Mk 1 Custom</b><br />Chassis no. B9470080LRXFE
<b>1965 Sunbeam Tiger Mk 1 Custom</b><br />Chassis no. B9470080LRXFE
<b>1965 Sunbeam Tiger Mk 1 Custom</b><br />Chassis no. B9470080LRXFE
<b>1965 Sunbeam Tiger Mk 1 Custom</b><br />Chassis no. B9470080LRXFE
<b>1965 Sunbeam Tiger Mk 1 Custom</b><br />Chassis no. B9470080LRXFE
<b>1965 Sunbeam Tiger Mk 1 Custom</b><br />Chassis no. B9470080LRXFE
<b>1965 Sunbeam Tiger Mk 1 Custom</b><br />Chassis no. B9470080LRXFE
<b>1965 Sunbeam Tiger Mk 1 Custom</b><br />Chassis no. B9470080LRXFE
<b>1965 Sunbeam Tiger Mk 1 Custom</b><br />Chassis no. B9470080LRXFE
<b>1965 Sunbeam Tiger Mk 1 Custom</b><br />Chassis no. B9470080LRXFE
<b>1965 Sunbeam Tiger Mk 1 Custom</b><br />Chassis no. B9470080LRXFE
<b>1965 Sunbeam Tiger Mk 1 Custom</b><br />Chassis no. B9470080LRXFE
<b>1965 Sunbeam Tiger Mk 1 Custom</b><br />Chassis no. B9470080LRXFE
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