Lot 233 - 1965 Sunbeam Tiger FIA Appendix K Rally Car

Lot 233 - 1965 Sunbeam Tiger FIA Appendix K Rally Car

Lot 233 - 1965 Sunbeam Tiger FIA Appendix K Rally Car

Lot Number 233
Registration BJX220C
Chassis Number 4825F21K4
Engine Number FE 4825
Odometer reading 34,676 miles
Result Sold - £38,080

The West Coast Sales Manager of Rootes American Motors Inc., Ian Garrad, realized that the Sunbeam Alpine's image was that of a touring car rather than a sports car, and he set about changing its image using the Shelby Cobra as a guide. Sunbeam asked Carroll Shelby to produce one functional prototype. Shelby's prototype was fabricated by Shelby employee George Boskoff and sent to England for evaluation. The Tiger was born. After doing extensive engineering studies, Rootes Group subcontracted development and production to Jensen, located in West Bromwich. Production of the Tiger reached 7,085 cars. The Shelby prototype has survived, along with a number of other historically significant Tigers including Lister Le Mans racers.

This Sunbeam Tiger, with a mileage of 24,000 miles, was purchased in 2004 as a fast road car, to be competition prepared. The car has been constantly developed by the vendor, resulting in a very competitive historic road-rally car built to FIA Homologation Paper No 176 and MSA safety requirement, using all the best components for performance and reliability, ready for long distance rally events across Europe.

Initial preparation included a Salisbury Limited Slip Diff with 3:31 ratio, a 120 litre aluminum foam- filled fuel tank with electric fuel pump and pressure regulator; plus other basic rally preparation including cage, seats, harnesses, sump guards, fire extinguisher, battery box, heated front windscreen, trip and timing equipment and uprated fuses. After competing in the Classic Marathon and Le Jog in 2004, the suspension was then rebuilt, strengthened and improved, with Superpro Polly-bushes throughout and 400lb race springs at front and bespoke heavy duty, anti- tramp springs to the rear. (This raised the ground clearance by 2inches), bespoke competition shock absorbers were added - Koni adjustable on the front and adjustable Gaz at the rear and a repositioned panard rod. The braking was improved with a full rebuild and Mintex high performance race brake pads.

The car then competed on 2005 Liege - Rome - Liege followed by the France Tour and finally in 2006 the Classic Marathon in Norway. The engine was then rebuilt by Jeff Bull Race Engines who fully balanced it to 0.5 gram, built for free revving for maximum torque with approx 300bhp and 350ft/lbs at 4,000rpm. The engine is 260cu in Ford V8 with SVO aluminum cylinder heads fitted with large Manley valves, competition cam pushrods, competition 972 valve springs, competition 270 camshaft, high pressure oil pump, an Edelbrock inlet manifold with a Holly 390CFM Double Pumper Carburetor and a Mallory high performance distributor with internal electronic ignition. To prevent any heating issues a closed-system cooling set-up was installed designed by Pro-Alloy with a custom filter header tank and a three-core rad. Also to reduce the noise of the car to below the MSA required 94db, a bespoke Hayward and Scot stainless steel repackable exhaust system was installed. The electrics were then fully rewired with a heavy-duty loom and additional fuses and relays and full rally switches, with additional internal feeds and lighting by Cattini Motorsport. The car then completed on the 2007 Portugal Classic, 2008 HERO Classic Iceland, and the 2010 and 2011 Three Castles.

This car has a 100% finish record and a podium place in all but the last event. It comes supplied with a V5C registration document, an MoT test certificate expiring in November 2012, full HTP papers - FIA Class CGTS12, Period: F 1961-1965, MSA Historic Rally Vehicle Identity Form and FIVA papers. The Sunbeam Tiger has been, for many years, the 'weapon of choice' to win in both historic road and stage rallies. It is a bullet-proof car that can keep going when others give up. Its 'brute force with ignorance' driving ability makes it highly competitive on both mountain passes and special stages and this car is ready to race.

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