1965 Sunbeam Tiger MK1

The Anglo-American sports car, made successful by Carroll Shelby and the AC Cobra, was a well-established concept by the time the Rootes Group began building a V8-powered derivative of its Tiger sports car. Mr. Shelby was involved in developing the initial prototype for Sunbeam, installing a Ford small-block V8 engine into the small bonnet. The first Tigers were given the 260 cubic-inch V8 engine and mated to a four-speed Top Loader transmission. The chassis was modified to cope with the increase in power. Rack and pinion steering was added, the suspension revised, and the bodyshells were stiffened.

Jensen of West Bromwich, who was already building their own Anglo-American GT cars - were subcontracted to build the Tiger to avoid disrupting production of the Tiger.

When the V8-powered Tiger was first offered for sale in 1964, it brought performance to a new level to the relatively pedestrian Tiger. Top speed was in the neighborhood of 200 km/h and zero-to-sixty took just over nine seconds.

A revised Mark II model was introduced in 1967, bringing with it a larger 289 cubic-inch V8. When Chrysler took a controlling interest in Sunbeam in 1968, the Tiger was hastily dropped and production came to an end.

During the production lifespan of the Tiger, Sunbeam produced 6,495 examples of hte Mark I and 571 examples of the Mark II.


by Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2019
1965 Sunbeam Tiger MK1 vehicle information

Sport Roadster

The Sunbeam Tiger is a British classic sports car made by Rootes Group, England. In 1964 Carroll Shelby was hired to remove the 1.7-liter four-cylinder engine and replace it with a small block Ford V8, similar to the transformation of the AC Cobra. ....[continue reading]

1965 Sunbeam Tiger MK1 vehicle information

Sport Roadster

Sunbeam is of British manufacture and became part of Rootes Group in 1935. The Alpine name was introduced in 1953. The coachwork was re-designed in 1959 with the introduction of the all new Series I and the Alpine would see five Series before produ....[continue reading]

1965 Sunbeam Tiger MK1 vehicle information

Sport Roadster

Chassis Num: B9470233
Engine Num: 1269-C13KA

The Sunbeam Tiger was not a new idea; it was a concept that had been well practiced for many years. The Tiger was powered by a high-horsepower American powerplant in a British body. Jack Brabham, who had campaigned Sunbeam Alpine cars with much succe....[continue reading]

1965 Sunbeam Tiger MK1 vehicle information

Sport Roadster

The Sunbeam Alpine was an attractive but anemic British roadster produced by the Rootes Group. Needing a quick performance boost, they looked for an American V8 to stuff in the engine bay. Being already affiliated with Chrysler, the first choice was ....[continue reading]

1965 Sunbeam Tiger MK1 vehicle information

Sport Roadster

The Rootes Group, which owned the Hillman, Humber, Singer and Sunbeam, and Commer (truck) brands, built 7,085 Tigers between 1964 and 1967 in the Jensen Motors' West Bromwich, UK assembly plant. Simply put, the Tiger is a Series IV, then Series V, Su....[continue reading]

1965 Sunbeam Tiger MK1 vehicle information

Sport Roadster

Chassis Num: B9471153 LRX FE

Rootes Motors produced just over 7000 Tigers in nearly five years, and when sold to Chrysler, the model was quickly axed as much for poor sales as the fact it sourced its motor from Ford and had no suitable replacement. Chrysler's own small-block V8 ....[continue reading]

1965 Sunbeam Tiger MK1 vehicle information

Coupe
Coachwork: Harrington

Chassis Num: B9472164 HROFE
Engine Num: 3314627KA

Thomas Harrington Ltd was a British coachbuilder that built a small number of fastback Le Mans Coupe bodies for Sunbeam Alpine chassis during the early 1960s. One of those bodies was built for the Sunbeam Tiger. The Tiger was fitted with a Ford V-8 e....[continue reading]

1965 Sunbeam Tiger MK1 vehicle information

Sport Roadster

The Tiger was produced from June 1964 to June 1967. This is the 33rd car produced out of production run of 7,067 units. The owner purchased this car in February 2000. The restoration took three years to complete.....[continue reading]

1965 Sunbeam Tiger MK1 vehicle information

Sport Roadster

Chassis Num: B94 706 74

This Sunbeam Tiger has been restored to European Specification production race car standards with full F.I.A. Certification. This Sunbeam Tiger is unusual because of its racing evolution. It started life in California as an autocross car. Purchase....[continue reading]

1965 Sunbeam Tiger MK1 vehicle information

Sport Roadster

This 1965 Tiger has had a complete and thorough restoration. It is finished in Artic white over red upholstered interior. It has a Moto-Lita, wood steering wheel, factory burlwood dash and bullet style side mirrors. It rides on a set of Mini-Lite sty....[continue reading]

1965 Sunbeam Tiger MK1 vehicle information

Sport Roadster

Chassis Num: B9470925

This Sunbeam Tiger is finished in a bright blue paint scheme with a silver racing stripe. It has been given a recent restoration and kept in a climate controlled facility. The interior is done in black vinyl and trimmed with blue welting that matches....[continue reading]

1965 Sunbeam Tiger MK1 vehicle information

Sport Roadster

Chassis Num: B9472202 LRX FE

The Sunbeam Tiger was an outgrowth of the Alpine made by the Rootes Corporation. In 1963 Carroll Shelby, 'The Father of the Cobra,' was given a contract to put a V-8 engine in the Alpine for $10,000 by the Rootes Corporation. Shelby utilized the same....[continue reading]

1965 Sunbeam Tiger MK1 vehicle information

Sport Roadster

Chassis Num: B9471795

This Sunbeam Tiger 260 is finished in the correct code 58 Midnight Blue exterior. It has a leather interior and Haartz Stayfast Top. It is powered by a 260 Ford V8 mated to a Borg Warner T-10 four-speed transmission.....[continue reading]

1965 Sunbeam Tiger MK1 vehicle information

Sport Roadster

Chassis Num: B9471424 LRXFE

This Sunbeam Tiger Mk I was given a ground-up restoration and retains all the original panels, badges, tags, and logos. It is finished in the familiar British Racing Green. Under the bonnet is a custom fan, custom four-core radiator, Ford 289 motor, ....[continue reading]

Sport Roadster
 
Sport Roadster
 
Sport Roadster
Chassis #: B9470233 
Sport Roadster
 
Sport Roadster
 
Sport Roadster
Chassis #: B9471153 LRX FE 
Coupe by Harrington
Chassis #: B9472164 HROFE 
Sport Roadster
 
Sport Roadster
Chassis #: B94 706 74 
Sport Roadster
 
Sport Roadster
Chassis #: B9470925 
Sport Roadster
Chassis #: B9472202 LRX FE 
Sport Roadster
Chassis #: B9471795 
Sport Roadster
Chassis #: B9471424 LRXFE 

Related Reading : Sunbeam Tiger History

Lord William Rootes of Ramsbury created the British based SunbeamRootes Coventry Company after extensive experience gained from the Singer Company. He had been actively involved in automobile racing and development for a number of years. In 1926 a Sunbeam powered by a 12-cylinder engine and driven by Sir Henry Seagrave had set the land speed record at 152.3 mph. The Sunbeam Tiger is probably most....
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