Available for auction is this 1965 Sunbeam Tiger MK1 finished in Midnight Blue (58) over a black vinyl interior. Based on the Sunbeam Alpine Roadster, the Tiger was the result of a cooperative effort between Carroll Shelby and the Rootes Group in England. In a similar fashion to the famous AC Cobras, Shelby carefully wedged a Ford V8 engine into the Alpine chassis and upgraded the suspension, transmission, and rear end to accommodate the increased horsepower. This example was acquired by the seller about seven years ago from its previous owner of 44 years. The engine and transmission are said to have been rebuilt and the engine was upgraded with TRW pistons, cams, a 4-barrel carburetor, and more. This Tiger MK1 is now being offered for auction by its seller out of Arizona.
This Tiger comes finished in Midnight Blue (58) with a removable hardtop in black and is said to have been refinished in its original shade under previous ownership. Within the last year, the front and rear bumpers are said to have been re-chromed and all rubber weatherstripping has been replaced. Detailed images can be found in the gallery. Features include a single side-view mirror, dual exhaust outlets, and a set of Minilite-style wheels dressed in Falken tires.
The cabin is upholstered in black vinyl with matching door panels and carpeting. The carpets were replaced under previous ownership and the seat foams are due for replacement. Equipment includes a wood-rimmed steering wheel, wood dashboard trim, and roll-up windows. The seller confirms all instrumentation and accessories remain functional and notes that some of the gauges have been replaced.
This Tiger is powered by a 260ci Ford V8 engine that was balanced and blueprinted before it was upgraded with TRW pistons, cams, valves, screw-in rocker arm studs, a Holly 4-barrel carburetor, LAT headers, and a new radiator with a high-volume fan. The rear wheels are driven by way of a Ford Toploader 4-speed manual transmission. Approximately 9k miles are said to have been covered since the drivetrain was rebuilt. The car comes equipped with LAT traction bars as well as upgraded LAT front and rear sway bars. The most recent service is said to include new clutch and brake cylinders as well as new brake pads and shoes.
This sale will include a clean title.