The Corpus Christi Old Car Museum Auction

Lot 165
1965 Sunbeam Tiger Mk I
OFFERED WITHOUT RESERVE


Selling on Saturday

1965 Sunbeam Tiger Mk I

CHASSIS NO: 382000599

• Just 3,800 Mk I cars produced with a few hundred remaining
• Lovely British Racing Green finish
• Panasport alloy racing wheels
• Fully serviced and ready to enjoy


260 cid V-8 engine, 164 HP, four-speed manual gearbox, coil and wishbone arm front suspension, solid rear axle with leaf springs, four-wheel drum brakes; wheelbase: 86


British sports cars have always held a special place in the hearts of automotive enthusiasts, and with their lightweight designs and good looks, they are often the darlings of classic car shows. When the small British sports car called the AC Ace was outfitted with American V-8 power and called the Shelby Cobra, many people were watching, including the employees of the Rootes Group, another British car manufacturer. Inspired by the outcome of the Cobra, they took one of their Series III Alpine Roadsters, originally powered by a small four-cylinder engine, and sent it right to the man himself, Carroll Shelby, to see if something similar could be developed. Shelby and Ken Miles set about fitting a small Ford V-8 into the little Alpine. The Shelby design, with its engine set far back for good balance was chosen for the new power plant, and the Sunbeam Tiger was set to be produced by Jensen Motors Ltd. based out of Staffordshire, England.

This ground-up restoration was on a rust-free California car with all original panels and a new interior placed in a super straight body. The immaculate restoration of this Tiger has retained all the proper originality such as the Rootes Group Sunbeam logo and the Fender Tags. The high-quality paint job was painted while apart with new trim and interior. The familiar green, commonly referred to as British Racing Green has wonderful depth and shine. The 260 cubic-inch V-8 provides a mean growl and power is delivered through a four-speed manual gearbox to modern radial tires mounted on 8-spoke Panasport Racing wheels. The new black bucket seat interior includes a beautiful burled walnut dash with full set of original gauges and the factory wood rim steering wheel. All the chrome has been re-plated, including the front and rear bumpers complete with bumperettes, the gas cap and the chrome tips of the dual exhaust pipes. The previous owner has graciously passed along his impressive collection of manuals and maintenance history for this Tiger.

Presented here is an absolutely stunning example of a fully restored Sunbeam Tiger Mk I. According to the chassis number, this Tiger was built in the early stages of the Mark I production, making this is a very special 1965 Tiger that is certain to provide years of driving pleasure while maintaining its status as a blue-chip investment.

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