Lot 332 - 1965 Sunbeam Tiger Mk. I
|Engine Number||3740 527KA|
|Odometer reading||60,272 miles|
|Estimate||£25,000 - £32,000|
|Result||Sold - £34,720|
The Sunbeam Tiger first saw the light of day in 1964. Based upon the Routes Group Sunbeam Alpine, the 4260cc Ford V8 that could be found within the AC Cobra, was slotted into the engine bay and in doing so made what is surely one of motoring's true 'wolf in sheep's clothing'. Precise handling was retained by keeping the Alpine's rack and pinion steering with knock out performance due not only to the muscle V8 but also due to the lightweight Alpine shell.
To explain the feeling this motor car exudes is impossible to put into words, not even the impressive technical build specification may give it away. But try, we must. The current owner has 40 years experience of rallying and so used this knowledge to build a car that not only performed but also would prove reliable on long distance events in 2010. The car was built upon a low mileage (original Tiger) shell apart from the fitment and painting of a lightweight LAT vented bonnet and strengthening of the engine cradle. The important heart of the car, the engine, has been upgraded from 4260cc unit to 4721cc. This larger unit was built using steel rods; drop forged pistons, 246 rally cam, large valves with bronze guides, baffled sump with the crankshaft being balanced and tuftrided. To ensure reliable lubrication and cooling a large capacity oil pump was added with wrapped competition exhaust manifolds (headers) attached to a custom made stainless steel exhaust, an oil cooler fitted towards the front of the extra row radiator and Kenlow fan. A high torque starter motor enables easy starting. Fuel is supplied from a custom made long range 19 gallon fuel tank with the twin Facet fuel pumps available supplying the Holly carburettor at the business end. Drive is provided via a rebuilt Tiger gearbox with a new Salisbury 3:54 ratio Limited Slip Differential. A rolling road test recorded an impressive 275 bhp at the wheels with 330ft/lbs torque (285 at 2500 rpm).
The handling is taken care of by a rebuilt steering rack, competition 550lb front and 275lb springs, AVO adjustable shock absorbers, polybushed suspension and uprated front anti roll bar and set up by XS Racing of Chesterfield. The electrics are supplied by the dry cell (lightweight) battery through the high output alternator with a separate fused and relayed competition wiring loom.
The all important safety features include: 2.5 and 1.5 kg hand held fire extinguishers, Cobra period rally seats and full harness three inch Sabelt seat belts. A bespoke FIA approved roll cage by FABRICAGE of Cambridge reassuringly stays in place with either the hard or soft top fitted giving the owner a choice of open air or GT motoring. Amongst the extras are a map light, Brantz trip meter, cable to enable the fitment of a Halda if required (note; items are fitted to the dashboard without causing intrusion into it so that it may be reverted to standard specification if required), Cibie Osca spot lights and a set of genuine Minilite 14 inch alloy wheels shod with Dunlop D84J historic tarmac tyres.
The specifications detailed by no means include everything; therefore you are encouraged to contact us for the full detailed specification if required or you may inspect the history file.
With current FIVA papers this impressive Tiger has a 100% finishing record in all of the events entered with a notable 9th overall recorded on the 2010 Marathon Des Alpes. This is an ideal entry into the forthcoming Marathon Des Alpes and Winter Challenge. She is currently ready for the road straight away having both an MoT certificate, valid until May 2012 with road fund licence valid until the end of February 2012. This car is capable whether you want to compete or use it as a grand tourer. Whatever the use; it is surely a striking Tiger and can surely only be appreciated on viewing.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Accordingly, buyers are on notice that each vehicle is offered ‘as is/as seen’ subject to the Terms and Conditions for the auction. Buyers are advised to inspect the vehicle in person or use a professional to carry out this service. Historics will not entertain disputes over descriptions.