The Sunbeam Tiger was the V8-powered high-performance version of the Sunbeam Alpine, designed in a cooperative effort between Carroll Shelby and the Rootes Group in England. Shelby carefully wedged the V8 into the Alpine body and upgraded the suspension, transmission, and rear end to accommodate the increase in horsepower, and the model gained widespread recognition as the spy car in the 1960s television series Get Smart. This 1966 example was refinished in red from its original British Racing Green under previous ownership, and the current owner, a renowned vintage Porsche technician, acquired the vehicle 6 years ago, subsequently treating it to a mechanical refurbishment, and replacing the original engine with a built 289ci V8. This 1966 Sunbeam Tiger is now being offered at auction by its seller out of Washington.
The exterior is finished in red, repainted by previous ownership from its original color of British Racing Green, with almost no traces of the original color except for under the dashboard. It features a black convertible soft top as well as a rare black factory hard top. Equipment includes front and rear chrome bumpers with overriders, polished Talbot-style mirrors, a polished windscreen surround, a custom roll bar, a polished fuel filler, and polished dual exhaust outlets. The seller reports some minor flaws throughout, and some delamination of the windshield at the lower left corner, detailed images are provided in the gallery. The 15” Panasport wheels are mounted with Bridgestone Potenza tires.
The interior features two low-backed bucket seats with lap belts upholstered in black vinyl, with matching door panels and black carpeting. Amenities include a wooden dash panel, a wood-rimmed three-spoke steering wheel, a locking glovebox, Jaeger instrumentation, and black floormats with white Tiger script. The seller notes the interior shows some signs of wear and the speedometer is currently inoperable.
This Tiger is powered by a replacement 289ci Ford V8 said to produce around 350 HP. The rear wheels are driven by the original 4-speed manual transmission. The seller reports that the vehicle has been mechanically refurbished over time by its current owner, and runs and drives very well.
This sale will include a clean title.