We are pleased to present this 1966 Sunbeam Tiger Mk1A Roadster finished in Embassy Black over a black leather interior. The Sunbeam Tiger was the V8-powered high-performance version of the Sunbeam Alpine roadster and was designed in collaboration with Carroll Shelby. This very special 1966 example underwent a custom full restoration in 2005 and is certified by the Sunbeam Tiger Owner's Association. It was built to resemble the Sunbeam Tiger that was raced in the 1960s by English hot-rod legend Doane Spencer, and features an upgraded Ford Racing V8 crate motor paired with an original 4-speed manual gearbox. With just over 1,300 miles traveled since the completion of the restoration, this one-of-a-kind Sunbeam Tiger is now being offered for auction by its seller out of Washington.
The brainchild of David Ley of Dave’s Auto Restorations in Pennsylvania, this Tiger was finished in Embassy Black with double white racing stripes and is fitted with a custom aluminum trunk lid, deck panel, shaved exterior door handles, fender flares, and a hood scoop. The windshield is constructed from aircraft-grade Lexan, which has also been lowered and rolled back. Other custom features include a Le Mans-style fuel filler, a functional side-exit exhaust, and a chrome roll hoop installed as a nod to Shelby and the famous AC Cobra. 15” Hallibrand knock-off wheels have also been equipped and mounted with Yokohama AVS tires.
The cabin features black leather Cobra seats, a three-spoke Cobra steering wheel, and a custom engine-turned aluminum dashboard. Aluminum also lines the trunk area and inner door panels. The Stewart Warner instrumentation includes a 160-MPH speedometer, an 8k-RPM, and gauges for oil temperature/pressure, water temperature, battery voltage, and fuel level. There is also a modern fuse box to handle the electric system as well as a remote battery cutoff switch fitted towards the rear. All gauges and accessories are reported to be fully functional.
Under the hood, this Sunbeam Tiger is equipped with a Ford Racing 302ci GT40 V8 crate motor upgraded with AFR 1402 aluminum heads, custom headers, a Holly four-barrel carburetor, front-mounted oil cooler, MSD ignition, and a LAT Tiger embossed aluminum valve cover and oil pan. An estimated output of over 340 HP is delivered to the rear wheels through an original top-loader 4-speed manual transmission and a Dana 44 rear end. Stopping power is handled by a custom Wilwood big brake system with separate front and rear reservoirs. The suspension has been lowered with custom springs and Koni Classic shock absorbers. A new Griffin aluminum radiator has also been installed since the completion of the restoration and personal signatures from Carroll and Cleo Shelby as well as Lewis Spencer (driver of the #45 B-production Shelby Racing Tiger) can be seen in the engine compartment. Images of the underside are provided in the photo gallery.
This sale will include a clean title, Certificate of Authenticity, some featured publications and publicity photos, and a photo of Carroll Shelby signing the car. An outstanding build true to its inspiration, this custom restored Sunbeam Tiger is ready to be enjoyed by a new owner.