We are pleased to present this 1966 Sunbeam Tiger Mk 1A Roadster finished in Oxford Blue over a black leather interior. 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. The model gained widespread recognition as the spy car in the 1960s television series Get Smart. This 1966 example has received an array of updates and refurbishments including full engine-out service in 2019, a brand-new walnut dashboard, reupholstered interior, and new wheels and tires. Affectionally referred to as the “Baby A/C Cobra'', this iconic Sunbeam Tiger is now being offered for auction by its seller out of Ontario.
This Tiger is said to have been refinished in the current shade of Oxford Blue during the late 1990s. It features a newer retractable soft top and tonneau cover in black as well as a painted removable hardtop. Additional images are provided in the photo gallery. This example has been equipped with a set of brand new 15” VTO wheels dressed in new Atrezzo tires.
Inside, you will find a freshly reupholstered black leather interior with new seat covers, door panels, and carpeting. A brand-new walnut dashboard has also been installed which houses a proper LearJet AM/FM radio and a full suite of Smiths instrumentation.
This Tiger is powered by a 260ci Ford V8 engine with upgraded 302 cylinder heads and a stainless steel exhaust system. Power is sent to the rear wheels through a Ford Toploader 4-speed manual transmission. The car comes equipped with Traction Master rear traction bars and retains an original AC cars England air cleaner and fan shroud. A comprehensive engine out service is said to have been performed in 2019 including a new intake manifold, valve cover gasket, and oil pan gasket. The seller adds that the car runs and drives very well and maintains a cool operating temperature on hot days.
This sale will include a shop manual, some service invoices, a removable hardtop, and a clean title. The seller states that this Tiger has been authenticated by a Canadian Rootes Group member, although the seller has not yet been able to acquire a STOA certificate due to local travel restrictions. Fun to drive and beautiful to look at, this Sunbeam Tiger is an ideal choice for any enthusiast in search of a vintage roadster.