To be OFFERED AT AUCTION WITHOUT RESERVE at RMs Amelia Island event, March 14, 2015. To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmauctions.com/. Estimate:$125,000 - $175,000 164 bhp, 260 cu.in. OHV Ford V-8 engine, four-speed manual transmission, coil-spring independent front suspension, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and front disc and rear drum hydraulic brakes. Wheelbase: 86 in.Iconic Mark IA Tiger; recent restoration by Classic ShowcaseIncludes Rootes Archive Centre Trust CertificateBritish sports car with American V-8 powerSunbeams new Alpine, which was introduced late in 1959, put the company squarely back in the two-seater sports car segment. Its unibody design with modest, stylish tailfins made it up-to-the-minute and more modern-looking than anything from MG or Triumph. However, what it didnt have was power.Rootes Competition Manager Norman Garrad was aware of the Ford V-8 engines that Carroll Shelby had fitted to AC sports cars to create the Cobra. Garrads son Ian, Rootes West Coast sales manager in the U.S, approached Shelby, who oversaw the creation of a prototype for the Tiger, which took the name of a 1925 Sunbeam land speed record car. The prototype was completed in the spring of 1963, and it was powered by the 260-cubic inch version of the small block Ford, as used in Falcons and Fairlanes. Inside was a tight fit and it required a change to rack-and-pinion steering; thus it came out just 20 percent heavier than a four-cylinder Alpine, and it had twice the power. Lord Rootes gave his okay, and 3,000 engines were ordered from Ford.Between 1964 and 1967, production of Mark I Tigers reached 6,450, with about half of them unofficially designated Mark IA, based on the Series V Alpine. A Mark II version with the 289-cubic inch Ford engine was introduced in 1967, but only 633 were built before production was halted. The Chrysler Corporation had bought the Rootes Group, which made the Ford engine verboten, although Chryslers smallest V-8 sadly would not fit.This Mk IA Tiger was manufactured on May 13, 1966, and built to North American specifications. When it was complete, it was sent to Rootes Motors Overseas Ltd. in London for export. The U.S. dealer and first owner are not recorded. It was recently restored by Classic Showcase in Oceanside, California, with all systems having been gone through and a full vehicle detail having been performed both inside and out, including on the undercarriage.During the restoration, all-new suspension components were installed, the brightwork was redone where needed, the top bows were restored for the new fitted soft-top, and the instruments were gone through. New rubber was installed, as was a new stainless steel exhaust system. The car was wet-sanded and buffed after it received new paint, resulting in a brilliant finish. New carpets were fitted, and all-new upholstered panels were installed in the trunk. The varnished wood dashboard has full instrumentation, as well as a period-correct Motorola solid state AM radio. The car is fitted with Michelin radial tires that are on steel wheels and have correct hubcaps and beauty rings.Included with the purchase of this Sunbeam are a Tiger tool roll, an owners manual, and a certificate from the Rootes Archive Centre Trust. This recently restored example is fabulous to show or drive.
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Non original 302 ci V-8 that has been modified with programmable Edelbrock electronic fuel injection, Summit competition roller cam and MSD H.E.I. ignition, Hurst competition shifter on Mustang 4 speed transmission, 4 wheel disc brakes, Koni shocks and free flow tubular headers, locked rear axle along with Nitto 450x50 R15 tires mounted on progressive rims that bite to the road. From the research we have done, prior owners statement and the 382000372 VIN number, all indications show this to a 65-66 Tiger 1-A series of 1 of 2706 originally built with 164 hp 260 ci V-8. In its present state this car far exceeds the original version in both power and handling. The body is extremely solid with no rust or collision issues. The wooden dash panel with original padding is in excellent conditions. Seats and door panels are redone in correct style as is folding top. The chrome bumpers and trim appear original. Miles showing are 45,365 and believed correct. A stock 260 ci motor and some original parts can be included if next owner desires. A rare Carroll Shelby creation that is a step up from its hot factory production level. Not for the faint of heart.
• Year: 1967
• Last update: 7 days old
To be OFFERED AT AUCTION WITHOUT RESERVE at Auction Americas Fort Lauderdale event, March 27-29, 2015. Estimate:$ 60,000 - $ 80,000 Carroll Shelby once described one of his runs in the Sunbeam Tiger in the following manner: Turning the key is like cracking a whip she roars into life like her tail is on fire. The best of both worlds is here British sports car knack and American engine know-how. Its one of the hottest, fastest machines Ive ever driven. Yet for all of the power and zip the big V-8 pours on, the Tiger sticks close to the road; low, snug, safe. You get the feeling theres a lot held in reserve, too. Its a great package for the money. Offered here is a stunning 1965 Sunbeam Tiger Mk 1 Roadster that has had a complete nut-and-bolt restoration with limited miles since it was completed. It is powered by a 260-cid V-8 engine that is fueled by a two-barrel carburetor and is married to a manual shifting transmission. The car is equipped with headers, power brakes, traction bars and LAT aluminum wheels with spinners. The paint is finished in blue with Wimbledon white stripes, accentuated with lovely brightwork and a black pinpoint top. The interior is tailored with black bucket seats with white piping, wooden steering wheel, lockable glovebox door, black cut loop carpet, sunvisors and the original gear shifter.
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Here is a great opportunity to own an impressive, numbers matching classic sports car. This Sunbeam Tiger is a real, true classic with muscle. This handsomely restored Tiger is fitted with the 260 V8 and four speed transmission. It has undergone a recent restoration by Classic Showcase of Oceanside, CA with all systems gone through, and a full vehicle detail inside and out, as well as the undercarriage. During the restoration all new suspensions components were installed, the brite work was redone as needed, the top bows were restored for the new fitted soft top, the instruments were gone through; new rubber was installed; a new stainless steel exhaust system was installed; the car was wet sanded and buffed after it received new paint to a brilliant finish, new carpets were fitted and installed in the car, and all new upholstered panels were installed in the trunk. It comes complete with the Tiger tool roll, owner’s manual, and Rootes Heritage Certificate of Authenticity. This is a fabulous example to show or drive!
• Year: 1967
• Last update: 3 months old
• Mileage: 52229 mi
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