1966 Sunbeam Tiger
Convertible Car for sale by Authentic Motorcars in Redmond, Washington 98052
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Custom built Tiger Mk1A . Cobra leather seats, side pipes, Tiger COA, Displayed at Riverside Raceway Museum in 2010 and engine compartment signed by Carroll Shelby.
The Sunbeam Tiger is a British roadster by the Rootes Group and was partially designed with the help of Ken Miles and Carroll Shelby. The early MkI and MKIA cars had a 260ci Ford V8 and then the later MKII cars were upgraded the the 289ci V8. Carroll's ingenuity tranformed the little Tiger into a very competitive sports car and enabled them to compete in various races, rallies, and even held the top speed for quarter mile drag strip in its class for two years. The American V8s were defiantly "shoe horned" into the small engine bay with very little room to spare and everything had a place. With a curb weight of just under 2700 lbs the Tiger is an absolute hoot to drive and you can be quite the hoonigan if one has a heavy right foot.
This very special 1966 Tiger Mk IA Roadster was built into a one-of-a-kind show stopper that resembles the car that Doane Spencer raced in the 1960s. The design was the brainchild of restorer David Ley at Dave's Auto Restorations in Wexford, PA. The car was completed in 2005 and features a custom aluminum rear trunk lid, deck panel, fender flairs, and hood scoop. The windshield is aircraft Lexan and David also added a LeMans type fuel filler, rear brake cooling ducts, functional side pipe exhaust, engine turned aluminum dash, aluminum door panels, trunk well liner, and cargo boot area along with shaved exterior door handles. To tie into the Shelby connection, he chose Cobra leather seats, steering wheel, and a chrome roll hoop. The crate motor chosen is a Ford Racing 302ci GT40 V8 with AFR 1402 aluminum heads putting out an estimated 340+ horsepower. A Holly 4 barrel carb, remote oil filter, front grill mounted oil cooler, MSD ignition, aluminum radiator, LAT Tiger embossed aluminum valve covers, and oil pain complete the package. The original top-loader 4-speed transmission remains and is pared to a Dana 44 rear end and custom 15-inch Halibrand center lock knock off wheels w its 205/55 tires up front and 255/45 tires in the back. Custom headers flow into the chrome side pipe exhaust and create the most intoxicating roar you have ever heard come out of a British roadster. To stop this beast, big Willwood disk brakes are fitted to both front and rear with separate reservoirs. The suspension has custom tuned/lowered springs with Koni Classic shock absorbers. Inside the cockpit, there are SW gauges featuring; 160mph speedo, tachometer, oil temp/pressure, water temp, voltage, and fuel level. There is also a modern fuse box to handle the electrical system and a remote battery kill switch fitted to the rear of the car.
After completion in October of 2006 the car was inspected by The Sunbeam Tiger Owner's Association and was given its Certificate of Authenticity #0592 and verifies this car to be an actual Tiger built model. In September 2005 it received a blue ribbon award for display in the Beave Run Concours d' Elegance in Wampum, PA. In March of 2006 the car was featured in a color two page spread of Hot Rod Magazine. In March 2010 the car was displayed at Riverside Raceway's tribute to Carroll Shelby and had its engine bay signed by the legend himself along with his wife Cleo Shelby, and Mr. Spencer who raced the actual #45 Tiger in the 1960s. Unfortunately Carroll passed away in May of 2012 but there are photos of him signing this car and his mark will remain as a testament to the brilliance of Shelby modified vehicles. In 2011 the Tiger was awarded 1st in class at the Hillsborogh Concours d' Elegance. This incredibly unique Tiger will be the crown jewell of any collection and surely will continue to impress at any show or race event.
Classic Car ID101398541
Transmission4 Speed Manual
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