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Bonhams are delighted to offer at our forthcoming Collectors' Motor Car Auction on Saturday 7th September 2019 at The Beaulieu International Autojumble, England 126 collectors motor cars – plus over 400 lots of automobilia and 30 motorcycles. The full online catalogue can be viewed on the Bonhams website 1965 SUNBEAM TIGER MKI ROADSTER REGISTRATION NO. EKV 271C CHASSIS NO. B9473503HROFE * Present ownership since 1990 * Re-commissioned in 2015 * Rare Anglo-American sports car £38,000 - 45,000 €42,000 - 49,000 Inspired by Carroll Shelby's success in shoehorning a Ford V8 into the AC Ace to create the Cobra, Rootes asked Shelby to perform the same trick with its Sunbeam Alpine sports car. The project was instigated by the company's West Coast, USA distributor, Rootes American Motors Inc, which was located not far from Shelby American. Ford's 260ci (4.2-litre) 'Windsor' V8 was chosen, and even though this had 'only' 164bhp on tap it was approaching double the output of the contemporary Alpine's 1.6-litre four. The transplant radically transformed the character of the car. Code-named 'Thunderbolt', the Tiger was developed without the knowledge of Lord Rootes, who was said to be 'very grumpy' when he found out. Nevertheless, he had the good sense to get a prototype shipped to Coventry and was deeply impressed with the car when he drove it. Assembled by Jensen Motors and introduced in 1964, the Tiger kept the Alpine's basic layout but featured a stronger gearbox and rear axle plus rack-and-pinion steering. Vastly superior to its Alpine progenitor in performance terms, the Tiger stormed to 60mph in under ten seconds and peaked at around 120mph. Tigers would go on to enjoy success in both racing and rallying over the years. Sadly, the model was killed off by Rootes' new owner Chrysler shortly after the revised Tiger II was introduced in 1967. A little over 7,000 Sunbeam Tigers were eventually produced, including 571 of the now very rare 4.7-litre Mark II. The final cars rolled off the production line in 1968. Dating from the second year of production, this Mark I example was restored in 1989 and purchased by the current vendor in 1990. The car was used until 2000 and then placed in dry storage. Re-commissioned in 2015, it benefits from a new clutch, new-old-stock front brake discs, new starter motor, braking system overhaul (including silicone fluid) and an oil change, while the Minilite alloy wheels have been shod with new tyres. Mark II headlamp rims are fitted; the Mark I rims are included together with the front bumper (removed for cosmetic reasons). 'EKV 271C' has been illustrated in Performance Ford (February 1988 edition) and comes with a copy of the magazine. The sight of the mighty Le Mans Coupé at the front of the grid at recent Goodwood events has helped raise the Tiger's profile of late, adding to the huge increase in interest and respect for the model seen over the last few years.
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Year Make Description Price
1967 Sunbeam 1967 Sunbeam Tiger Mk II For Sale by Auction £130,000
1965 Sunbeam 1965 Sunbeam Tiger MkI Roadster(~)Coupe with HardTop For Sale £120,000
1967 Sunbeam 1967 Serial #3 of 536 built Concours Winning Restoratio For Sale £117,000
1965 Sunbeam 1965 Sunbeam Tiger Mk I For Sale by Auction £100,000
1967 Sunbeam 1967 1 of the Hartwell Six RHD Tigers - concourse - well known For Sale £99,900
1925 Sunbeam 1925 Sunbeam Tourer Vintage Wedding Car For Sale £95,000
1922 Sunbeam 1922 Sunbeam 24/60 Brewster Phaeton For Sale £90,025
1965 Sunbeam 1965 Superb Sunbeam Tiger Mk2A. European specification. For Sale £87,500
1966 Sunbeam 1966 Sunbeam Tiger Rallye Prepared For Sale £86,200
1967 Sunbeam 1967 Sunbeam Tiger Full Restored Black Rare 2.6k miles 289 $79.5 For Sale £79,500
1966 Sunbeam 1966 Sunbeam TigerMk1A Unique,Rare and Original ! ! For Sale £75,500
1954 Sunbeam 1954 Alpine s model Very rare perfect For Sale £71,000
1963 Sunbeam 1963 Sunbeam Rapier 3A Convertible Rootes Group For Sale £70,000
1965 Sunbeam 1965 Sunbeam tiger - 42,000 miles For Sale £69,950
1966 Sunbeam 1966 Sunbeam Tiger For Sale £65,995
1925 Sunbeam 1925 Sunbeam 20/60 sports tourer For Sale £62,000
1964 Sunbeam 1964 Sunbeam Tiger For Sale £60,950
1966 Sunbeam 1966 SUNBEAM TIGER MK1A. EX MET. POLICE FAST PURSUIT CAR. For Sale £54,995
1966 Sunbeam 1966 Alpine Tiger = 2 Tops Clean driver Red(~)Black $45k For Sale £45,000
1965 Sunbeam 1965 Sunbeam Tiger time warp owned 29 years For Sale £45,000
1920 Sunbeam 1920 Sunbeam 16hp Tourer For Sale £42,500
1964 Sunbeam 1964 Sunbeam by Touring Superleggera ALL ALUMINIUM BODY 1 of 140 For Sale £39,900
1965 Sunbeam 1965 Sunbeam tiger For Sale £36,500
1952 Sunbeam 1952 Sunbeam Talbot 90 DHC Convertible.Stunning Condition For Sale £34,950
1923 Sunbeam 1923 Sunbeam 14 Tourer 12.9hp For Sale £29,995