The Sunbeam Tiger is a high-performance V8 version of the British Rootes Group's Sunbeam Alpine roadster, designed in part by American car designer and racing driver Carroll Shelby and produced from 1964 until 1967. Shelby had carried out a similar V8 conversion on the AC Cobra, and hoped to be offered the contract to produce the Tiger at his facility in America. Rootes decided instead to contract the assembly work to Jensen at West Bromwich in England, and pay Shelby a royalty on every car produced.
This is an original, 58K mile Mark 1 car that has been maintained in driving condition and has received numerous mechanical upgrades. Authenticated by the Sunbeam Tiger Owners Association, TAC number 308. Carnival red, Black Interior, Black carpeting, black convertible top. VIN: B9471930LRXFE.
It has no damage and no rust. The car was in Northern CA from 1965 to 2001 and has been in AZ since 2002. At some point in the past the car received a repaint on the exterior only (ex: not inside the cockpit, door jams, engine compartment, boot, etc.). The paint is in good condition and polishes up nicely with good depth and reflection. There are some rock chips around the lower front and around the wheel wells from normal driving. The door panels are good, carpet good. The seats were just recovered in the correct vinyl. The dash is original and in good shape. The convertible top is black grained vinyl and is in average condition. There are two small tears, which have been patched, on the left rear quarter panel from improper top storage and these are shown in the pictures. There is a good tonneau cover. The windshield is new, but since installation there is a very small rock nick in the windshield on the driver’s side. All proper chrome trim and badging are present, and it has a Mota-Lita steering wheel and horn button from Sunbeam Specialties.
The original 260 is still in the car. LAT-1 Super Induction Kit consisting of the Edelbrock F4B high-rise aluminum intake manifold and the Holley List 1848-1, 465 CFM four-barrel carburetor. The original steel manifold and two-barrel Ford carburetor are included. Original air filter box with K&N filter. LAT-8 aluminum valve covers with "Tiger Powered by Ford'' lettering. Original chrome valve covers are included. Pertronix Ignitor ignition is installed in a correct distributor. New Comp Cams vacuum advance kit with properly dialed-in ignition advance curve. New Centerforce Clutch, pressure plate, and throwout bearing. Ford Motorsports right angle oil filter adaptor facilitates easy oil filter changes. Original oil filter set up and hoses included. New stainless steel oil pressure line.
The original radiator is in the car and has been flushed and pressure checked. Original fan shroud. Air holes in front of the horns blocked off. All new hoses in the cooling system. Custom built aluminum air plenum at bottom of front valance and in front of the radiator prevents hot air from the engine compartment from recirculating back through the radiator. Derale 17515 six blade 15'' rigid race fan with aluminum blades, original fan included. 165 degree thermostat, 13 lb Stant pressure cap. This car has run in 100+ heat in CA and in AZ with no overheating. The heater core has been flushed and pressure checked, and a new heater control valve, new heater hoses, new Bowden push-pull cables on heater controls, heat/defrost diverter box rebuilt and adjusted.
All gauges and lights work. Solid state voltage stabilizer installed. New rebuilt original style generator, new battery installed October 2007. Smiths heater blower motor rebuilt with new brushes, etc. Works good on high speed but is noisy on low. A Sony AM/FM/CD receiver is included, but not installed. Wiring is installed and the speakers are in the lower kick panels.
Front cross members have been removed, bead blasted, inspected and epoxy primed and painted. New A-arm bushings and high strength fulcrum pins New upper and lower ball joints, tie rods, rack and pinion convolute covers. New 450lb. front springs and rubber cushions. New rear leaf springs and bushings, new Carrera 3 way ratio adjustable street shocks on all four corners. Includes new brakes on the front. Good shoes on the back. New rears shoes included. Brake booster and master cylinder rebuilt by Karps. Brake system flushed and serviced with Girling Fluid.
Included with car:
Original steel Ford 2-barrel manifold and carburetor Original chrome valve covers
Original fan blade
Original remote oil filter set up
Original washer bottle and mounting bracket.
Original clock is not in thecar and needs to be restored, a new unit, non-original from Sunbeam Specialties is in the dash
New set of rear brake shoes still in the box
Spare rebuilt SU electric fuel pump with electronic points upgrade
Emergency brake booster bypass hose.
CAT shop notes and shop notes supplement
Tiger shop manual
This is a great addition to any British car collection. It can be inspected in Seattle, WA by appointment with firstname.lastname@example.org.