The Sunbeam Tiger – Carroll Shelby’s British fling.
This superb example 1965 Mk1 Sunbeam Tiger, presented in Mediterranean Blue (code 100) with a black mohair hood and black interior is a delight to be seen on the roads by passers-by and most enjoyed behind the wheel.
With only 300 said to be left on the UK roads, these cars are becoming more and more desirable as their shared characteristics with the AC Cobra shine through to create an outstanding partnership of British and American driving.
This UK RHD example has been well cared for throughout its 58 years, with both the exterior and interior presenting in excellent condition. It is clear the car does not lie in original paint, but the original colour has been preserved to a high standard. The brightwork presents very well and recent invoices display that the car has had new glass seals and bumper rubbers in 2020, and a new set of badges in 2022. The side chrome trims have been deleted, giving the car a more streamlined look. The car sits exceptionally on Minilite Mag style wheels giving this V8 powered sportscar the stance it deserves. To finish off the exterior, a new mohair hood has been fitted to defend its passengers against our volatile British weather.
The interior of the car has had a similar level of upkeep and work to repair or replace any necessary items. The original seats and centre armrest have a number of age-related wear marks but no rips or tears. The wooden dash and original steering wheel present excellently with an original style preserved throughout the entire interior. The door cards have been replaced for new and a new set of carpets tidy up the look.
The 260 cubic inch (4.3l) Ford V8 engineered to fit by Shelby into the Tiger body provides plenty of thrills. With 160bhp and a top speed of 120mph powered at the rear wheels, the Ford V8 provided quick acceleration coupled to the already impressive handling and braking abilities of the Sunbeam Alpine. With disc brakes on the front, independent front suspension and a live axle at the rear, the Tiger can handle the power and cornering is “let’s say” exciting.
If you are in the market for a British sports car that has a little something extra and one which is now very rare on UK roads, look no further. A visit to our showroom is well worth the journey – Our coffee pot is always hot.