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1965 SUNBEAM TIGER MKI ROADSTER For Sale by Auction

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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YearMakeDescription
Price
1926 Sunbeam 1926 Sunbeam 3.0 Litre Super Sports Tourer Array £194990
1965 Sunbeam 1965 Superb Sunbeam Tiger Mk2A. European specification. Array £87500
1966 Sunbeam 1966 Sunbeam Tiger Rallye Prepared Array £86200
1966 Sunbeam 1966 Sunbeam TigerMk1A Unique,Rare and Original ! ! Array £77500
1962 Sunbeam 1962 Alpine series ii Stunning sports car Array £73000
1963 Sunbeam 1963 Sunbeam Rapier 3A Convertible Rootes Group Array £70000
1965 Sunbeam 1965 Sunbeam tiger - 42,000 miles Array £69950
1966 Sunbeam 1966 Sunbeam Tiger Array £65995
1966 Sunbeam 1966 Sunbeam Tiger MK1A - Met Police Array £65000
1965 Sunbeam 1965 Sunbeam Tiger Mk1 Convertible. Array £64995
1926 Sunbeam 1926 Sunbeam Special Array £50000
1965 Sunbeam 1965 Sunbeam Tiger 4.2L Array £49950
1953 Sunbeam 1953 Sunbeam Alpine MK1 Roadster Array £48000
1966 Sunbeam 1966 Alpine Tiger = 2 Tops Clean driver Red(~)Black $45k Array £45000
1953 Sunbeam 1953 Very rare matching number Alpine Array £40000
1965 Sunbeam 1965 Sunbeam Tiger MK 1 Array £39995
1964 Sunbeam 1964 Sunbeam by Touring Superleggera ALL ALUMINIUM BODY 1 of 140 Array £39900
1965 Sunbeam 1965 Sunbeam tiger Array £36500
1947 Sunbeam 1947 Sunbeam Talbot supreme 2 litre Drophead coupe Array £34995
1953 Sunbeam 1953 Sunbean Alpine Mark 1 Array £30000
1959 Sunbeam 1959 Sunbeam Rapier convertible Fabulous Condition Array £29995
1978 Sunbeam 1978 Sunbeam 2.0 Brazilian Historic Rally Car Array £26995
1960 Sunbeam 1960 Sunbeam Alpine Series 1 Array £25950
1964 Sunbeam 1964 Sunbeam Alpine Array £24995
1968 Sunbeam 1968 Sunbeam Alpine GT Package Array £20000