Lot 197 - 1965 Sunbeam Tiger
|Odometer reading||39,666 miles|
|Estimate||£18,000 - £22,000|
|Result||Sold - £35,840|
Inspired by the AC Cobra that was effectively the British AC Ace sports car powered by the large American Ford 4.2 litre V8; the Sunbeam Tiger first saw the light of day in 1964. Based upon the Rootes Group, Sunbeam Alpine, the Tiger with the Ford power plant slotted into the engine bay became what is surely a true motoring '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 the lightweight Alpine shell.
This unique Tiger has a very interesting past and when first registered on 10th February1965as EDU 296C to Humber Ltd, the supplying dealer, there were already plans afoot to have the car used initially as a press car as can be found in May 1965's edition of Sporting Motorist. When ownership was transferred to K.S Advertising of London in 1966, the car was featured in the 1965 movie 'Bunny Lake is Missing' starring Noel Coward. The car, which was initially blue, was heavily filmed and is indeed part of the final scene but given that a copy of the movie is in the history file we wouldn't want to give that ending away.
The Tiger then, for some 15 years, had a more regular ownership until the late 1970s when the vendor at the time decided that he would restore and re-spray the vehicle with an important change from the original 4.2litre V8 to a larger 4.7litre, (289ci) V8 engine of which extensive details can be found in the history file. The current vendor came to learn about the car in 2006 and approached the then owner, at which time he was informed that the car had been Dyno tested at 330bhp and would be capable of 140mph- though was advised not to try!
The current owner has since gathered much information on this important car and has used it sparingly only having covered less than 3,000 miles in the last 14 years. Accompanying the car is a fantastic history file with original buff log book, original bill of sale and spec sheet, original sales brochure, a copy of the Sporting Motorist from 1965 which featured EDU 296C and even a DVD copy of the movie this car starred in. Like in any Tiger, the V8 sound track is amazing and the torque on this specific car is definitely something to experience. Having had a recent MoT test which expires May 2016, a wealth of recent bills, electric ignition fitted alongside a Sebring exhausts and uprated fan, this car is truly unique and part of Sunbeam's motor history.
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