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1964-1968 SUNBEAM Tiger 260


Overview

Long before Ken Costello came up with the idea of stuffing an American V8 under the bonnet of a British sports car to produce the MGB GT V8, Rootes came up with the plan of fitting a 4.2-litre Ford V8 in the Sunbeam Alpine, to produce the Tiger. Sales took off in the USA far more than in the UK, where the underdeveloped suspension set-up was far more evident, but before the Tiger got into its stride, the plug was pulled and the car went out of production. Why? Because Chrysler took a controlling stake in Rootes, and its own engine didn’t fit in the Tiger.




7085

£1446

£22,500

£18,000

£12,000

£6000


Performance

7.8secs

23.7secs

117mph

164bhp

258lb/ft

18mpg


Engine

V8

normal

petrol

carburettor


Chassis

Independent, coil springs, wishbones, telescopic dampers, anti-roll bar

Live axle, semi-elliptic leaf spring, Panhard rod, telescopic dampers

front-engine RWD

rack and pinion

metal monocoque

Four-speed manual


Dimensions

3962mm

2184mm

1537mm

1308mm

1163kgs


 SUNBEAM Tiger 260

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