1965 Sunbeam TigerMk I
Year of manufacture1965
This stunningly restored Sunbeam Tiger was built, according to its chassis number, in the early stages of the Mark I’s production. A tedious, ground-up restoration was performed on this rust-free car with its original panels. The restoration retained all the proper original badges such as the Rootes Group Sunbeam logo and the “Powered by Ford 260” fender and trunk tags. The high-quality paint job was completed while the car was taken apart. The familiar British Racing Green has been wet sanded and polished with wonderful depth and shine.
Lifting the hood reveals a custom four-core radiator, custom fan, a balanced and blueprinted Ford 289 motor, aluminum intake manifold, Holley 650, ceramic-coated headers, aluminum “Tiger Powered by Ford” valve covers, remote oil filter, Dales restoration front clip with rack-and-pinion steering, Dales sub-frame and connectors, sway bar, four-wheel Wilwood brake calipers, “top-loader” four-speed manual transmission, Dana 44 differential, and stainless steel exhaust system. All this modified power provides a mean growl and is delivered to Kuhmo radial tires mounted on eight-spoke Panasport wheels. The Sunbeam is extremely well sorted, ready to use, and arguably one of the best driving Tigers available!
The new black bucket seat interior includes a beautiful burled walnut dash with a full set of original gauges and factory wood rim steering wheel. All chrome has been re-plated, including the dual racing mirrors, front and rear bumpers complete with bumperettes, gas cap, and the dual exhaust tips. In addition, the previous owner has passed along his impressive collection of ownership history for this Tiger.
This 1965 Sunbeam Tiger Mark I is perhaps one of the best driving and most thrilling to drive that exists today.
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