1965 Sunbeam Tiger

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1965
  • Car type 
    Other
  • Chassis number 
    B9473562HR0FE
  • Engine number 
    4636
  • Lot number 
    418
  • Drive 
    RHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Exterior brand colour 
    Grey
  • Number of seats 
    2
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Other
  • Gearbox 
    Manual
  • Drivetrain 
    2wd
  • Fuel type 
    Petrol

Description

UK-supplied, right-hand drive, Mk1 Tiger beautifully restored with excellent attention to detail by Sherwood RestorationsRefinished in the'jaw-droppingly' beautifulcolour combination of gleamingGunmetalwith a Mulberry leather interior and matching factory hardtopSuperbly detailed including the brightwork, chrome, new Minilite wheels and a Moto-Lita steering wheelExtensive history folder, a photographic record of the restoration, original logbooks and MOTsTigers are becoming increasingly sought after and it would be hard to find a more desirable exampleThe West Coast Sales Manager of Rootes American Motors Inc., Ian Garrad, realised 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 and this was fabricated by Shelby employee George Boskoff and sent to England for evaluation. The Tiger was born. After carrying out doing extensive engineering studies, the Rootes Group sub-contracted development and production to Jensen, located in West Bromwich and eventually, production of the Tiger totalled 7,085 cars. The Shelby prototype has survived, along with a number of other historically significant Tigers including Lister Le Mans racers.First registered on 13th October 1965, this UK-supplied Mk1 Tiger was originally registered in Dorset toMD Marchants Ltd. Our vendor purchased the car towards the end of 2017 and, after a thorough inspection, the decision was taken to commencea full restoration. Their reputation for high-quality workmanship suggested that Sherwood Restorations would be the best people for the job and consequently they were commissioned to carry out an extensive schedule of work to return deserving Tigere to its best. This work included taking the body back to bare metal, making any necessary repairs, painstakingly preparing the car for paint and after spraying, rebuilding the Tigerfrom the ground up. It's now finished in a fabulous shade of 'Gunmetal', with anew interior finished in Mulberryleather, matching factory hard-top, new dashboard, new fabricated Air Scoop bonnet (original restored and included), new windscreen, all chrome components refinished and a thorough engine overhaul including a new aluminium radiator. The final result is simply magnificent, the colours chosen really suit the profile of the car and we understandthat the Tiger performs as well as it looks.Accompanying the Sunbeamis an extensive history folder dating back to the 1970's with a complete photographic account of the restoration process including supporting invoices totalling over 50,000. The file also contains the original logbooks, old MOTs, a current V5c and other period documents.Tigers are becoming increasingly popular and are notoriously tricky to find in good order, making this a great opportunity to own a fully restored example of a fabulous sixties classic that took the British sports car market by storm when it first arrived. With all the hard work and big bills addressed, just turn the key, enjoy the soundtrack and, if values follow the trend of other Anglo-American sports cars this could turn out to be a rather smart investment.