To Be OFFERED AT AUCTION WITHOUT RESERVE at RM Sothebys' The Elkhart Collection event, 23 - 24 October 2020.
Beautiful overall condition and presentation
260 cu. in. Ford V-8 and four-speed manual transmission
Features L.A. Tiger aluminum bolt-on mag wheels
Accompanied with a set of restored original wheels with tires, hubcaps, and trim rings
Includes tool roll, spare, jack, top boot, and owner’s manual
The Cobra was not the only pioneering American-powered British roadster “hybrid” created by Carroll Shelby. At the behest of British automaker Sunbeam, Shelby created the Tiger based on their gorgeous slab-sided Alpine roadster, noted for offering more comfort than other British sports cars of its era and having a high measure of style. Shelby solved the underpowered Sunbeam’s problems with the installation of a small-block Ford V-8 and a four-speed manual transmission, rack-and-pinion steering, and stiffened springs. The results were performance that no sporting driver could possibly complain about: 0–60 mph in 7.8 seconds and a top speed of 124 mph.
The Tiger was produced through 1967, at which point the Rootes Group was sold to Chrysler, forcing the discontinuation of this Ford-powered model. A total of 7,083 Tigers had been produced, and the restored survivors remain as much fun to drive today as they were when new.
Offered here is a Mark IA Tiger, a late first-generation model equipped with its original 260 cu. in. V-8, the number of which matches the stamping on the data plate. It is properly and beautifully restored in Forest Green with a black interior, which remains in outstanding condition. Features include period Talbot-style mirrors and L.A. aluminum bolt-on mag wheels, popular accessories for Tiger owners. Accompanying the car is a full-size spare, jack, top boot, tool roll, owner’s manual, and unrestored factory hardtop.
A beautifully finished companion to one’s Cobra or a thrilling road car in its own right, this superb Tiger, restored to a high standard, would be a benefit to any collection. It completes the Shelby story and in truly fine style, with all the best options and accessories.To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/el20.