It’s Grrrreat! V8 Sunbeam Tiger

June 30th, 2017

Tony the Tiger it ain’t – this tiny British made coupe is rarer than hen’s teeth.

The RG Sunbeam Alpine Roadster was produced by the Roole’s Group from 1964 until 1967. In the mold of the popular AC Cobra, some Sunbeam models were brought to the U.S. where Carroll Shelby put his mark on the line and gave them the moniker Sunbeam Tiger. Later, RG opted to move production back to the U.K. and just give Shelby a piece of the profits.

Unlike the Sunbeam Alpine, the Tiger was outfitted with either a 260 cubic-inch or a 289 cubic-inch Ford V8 engine. Since the vehicle weighed in at only 2,565-pounds and had an 86-inch wheelbase, the underpowered small block Ford V8 gave the Tiger quite an attitude.

Our featured car has been upgraded with a 363 cubic-inch all-aluminum Ford Racing engine with fuel injection. It makes 525hp. A five-speed manual transmission and an 8.8-inch Ford rear differential help get those hoofbeats on the pavement and the car looks absolutely amazing – almost too good to race.

Watch this rare classic as it attempts to post a new top speed in the half-mile at Omega Motorsport’s NoFlyZone event.