Sunbeam Tiger MK I, 1965
Sunbeam Tiger MK I, year 1965. Colour British Racing Green combined with a black leatherette interior and black carpet. This Sunbeam Tiger was sold new in Missouri, USA. The Sunbeam Tiger is based on the four-cylinder Sunbeam Alpine roadster. In 1962, F1 driver Jack Brabham suggested a V8 engine must be tried. The development was partly done by Carroll Shelby who carried out a similar conversion on the AC ACE resulting in the legendary AC Cobra. The Sunbeam Tiger is a less hard core and a much more practical classic car with a proper hood which is stowed away beautifully, and a proper boot. Only 7083 examples of the Sunbeam Tiger were built.
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The Sunbeam Tiger is a high-performance V8 version of the British Rootes Group's Sunbeam Alpine roadster. In 1962 F1 driver Jack Brabham suggested to Rootes competition manager Norman Garrad the idea to fit a Ford V8 engine to the Sunbam Alpine. The design work was done in part by Carroll Shelby who had carried out a similar V8 conversion on the AC Ace (of Cobra fame) before. The assembly work was done by Jensen at West Bromwich in England, and Shelby was paid a royalty on every car produced. The Sunbeam tiger was produced from 1964 until 1967. A total of 7083 cars was built, of which 633 cars were Mk 2 models fitted with the 4,7 litre Ford V8 engine.
V8 engine (Ford 260 cu / 4.3L)
cylinder capacity: 4265 cc
carburettor: 1 'four barrel' carburettor
capacity: 164 bhp. at 4400 rpm
torque: 258 ft.lb / 350 Nm at 2200 rpm
top-speed: 118 mph / 190 km/h
acceleration 0-60 mph: 7,8 sec
gearbox: 4-speed, manual
drive: rear wheels
brakes: disc brakes front, drum brakes rear
weight: 1163 kg.