Discovery Channel in 1996 ran a series on classic cars called "Top Marques" and one episode covered the Sunbeam range and here we have the feature on the Sunbeam Tiger, and is a car beautiful example owned by long-term member Dave Muteham. Programme was originally shown in 1996, and has been captured from VHS tape.
Jay Leno's Garage: 1966 Sunbeam Tiger Mark 1A
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Jay Leno's Garage: 1966 Sunbeam Tiger Mark 1A
Sunbeam Tiger 1966 Hot Little Ford 260 V8 Power Makes BIG Shelby Style Excitement
Yes a REAL TIGER and listed in the Tiger registry. One owner the last 20+
years. He has not driven it much, just when time and the right occasion
came up to take off and enjoy! Owned by a precision machinist/fabricator,
he knew how to care for the car and you can see it is a very nicely
preserved original Tiger. YES there are some non-original pieces, so all
you Tiger aficionados can go ahead and name them if you like. But it still
does not matter, the car is real and is a small little Super Car, Just as
the original folks at Shelby American intended. Yep, I said Shelby
American, you can read about the development history online.
Yes, the original steering wheel and horn ring was removed and put in a
box. The original steering wheel is just a little to big for a driver over
6'2" wearing a size 14 shoe. So the smaller Nardi wheel clears up that
problem. The front brakes have been upgraded, but all the stock parts are
in the box put away. Yes, it needs a new convertible top cover, but the
frame is in super condition. It has never had a hardtop, but it did have a
zippered tonneau cover at one time. By the way, I have now seen photos of
three Tigers with this battery box position.
134380 / 1967 Sunbeam Tiger
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No matter what, American auto enthusiasts will always know the Sunbeam
Tiger as "that car from Get Smart". While a stock 1965 Sunbeam Tiger may
have been Maxwell Smart's ride of choice, the boys at KAOS probably tooled
around in something closer to this 1967 model. While it still resembles a
garden variety Tiger, the similarities end there.
Appeal starts on the outside where an even coat of Torch Red graces the
familiar Tiger lines. Super Sport-style stripes run from nose to tail,
accenting the base coat in a shade of silver borrowed from the BMW paint
charts. The paint work is impressive but a lot of the initial "wow" factor
can be attributed to the laser straight sheet metal below. Deleted bumpers,
HID headlights, a custom hood, and a taut tan canvas top finish the
exterior with style.
What makes a nimble 2,500 lb convertible even more fun? Why, 449 rear-wheel
course! The source of that power is a Ford 427ci Windsor V8 bolted together
by the crew at Paul Anthony Race Engines. The parts list includes
high-quality internals paired with big pieces like AFR 225 heads, a
customized Trick Flow intake, and Electromotive fuel injection. Thanks to
10.7:1 compression, the car runs on premium pump gas and makes itself known
through long tube headers that flow into a side-exit Exhaust with glasspack-style mufflers.
The foundation is a custom 2x3 tube chassis in a fresh coat of red paint.
Up front, a Chassis Works Mustang II-style front suspension
incorporates chrome control arms and VariShock coilovers while a custom
ladder bar setup with Moroso coilovers keep the rear in place. Steering is
provided by a manual rack and pinion while massive Wilwood brakes provide
the stopping power. In the center of that hardware, a Tremec T56 6-speed
prepared by Rockland Standard Gear spins power back to a narrowed Ford
9-inch with a Detroit locker and 3.50 gears. Seventeen-inch Vintage Wheel
Works 8-spokes connect the chassis to the road.
As you might expect, the interior is compact and mostly business. A pair of
bucket seats provide seating for two while a 5-point roll cage, Simpson
harnesses, and Auto Meter gauges round out the space. There is a functional
trunk though most of it is occupied by a the 20-gallon fuel tank nestled
between the frame rails.
This '67 Sunbeam Tiger is an absolutely brutal car certainly not intended
for the faint of heart. With its stout 427 and obvious focus on speed, it's
the kind of car that not only turns heads but gets you instant respect just
for having the guts to drive it on public roads. If you're looking for a
compact thrill generator guaranteed to steal the show wherever it goes,
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1966 Sunbeam Tiger
Real Tiger. original 260 V8. toploader 4spd. new carpet, new seats.new
tan roof. rechromed bumpers. vintage shelby wheels. new custom Exhaust from manifold back. all correct tiger
identifiers present. TAC being arranged. great driver. smooth ride and
pretty quick. sounds even better.
Sunbeam Tiger STOC Torquay 2014
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Sunbeam Tiger Owner's Club meet at Torquay in April 2014. Video of my drive
time, but mainly a test of my new GoPro camera ahead of the Cannes meet in
Sep 2014. A few changes to the settings needed, but enjoy for now :)
Sunbeam Alpine Series 3 1963 - Silverstone Classic. CarshowClassic.com
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Carroll Shelby was contacted by Roots motors the Builder of he Sunbeam
Alpine to see if Shelby American could work their cobra magic and replace
the Sunbeam Alpine1.7 liter four cylinder engine and replaced it with a
small block 4.2 liter Ford V-8, similar to the way he transformed the AC.
This was a desperate measure as roots was in trouble and shortly after the
production of Tigers began Chrysler bough Roots and needles to say that it
rubbed the new masters wrong to have a Ford engine in a Chrysler Corp. car.
And try as they may there was no way to fit the Chrysler Corporate small
block V8 in the slender width of the sunbeam so after 2 great years for
enthusiast the Tiger got killed by Chrysler. Only 7,000 Tigers were made
and it is a shame that it felt victim to corporate embarrassment.
Sunbeam Tiger Growl
A short video that shows the new sound my Tiger has with the 2 1/4" Exhaust with crossover and flowmaster
mufflers. The 347 cubic inch engine help too.
Sunbeam Alpine Restoration
Getting under the skin of the Sunbeam body shell we look at the rusty areas
as well as recently welded sections of body shell.