This 1967 Sunbeam Tiger has been restored to represent exactly what
makes it a legend. Power, agility, and European stylishness are the
hallmarks of this specialty machine, and this final-year example is
a sharply-presented classic that gives you the best nostalgia.
Nostalgia is a key word for this car. The Tiger has some of the
most legendary names associated with its development, like Ken
Miles and Carroll Shelby. So it loves to make you think about the
most iconic days in racing. And because our nostalgia tends to be
better than reality ever was, this was restored to quite a
high-quality standard. You see it in detail with the mirror-like
shine of the chrome bumpers, and the almost unbroken look of the
full-length trim shows off the excellent fit of the body panels.
It's finished in its factory-correct forest green, but we bet
you'll just call it British Racing Green. Either way, there is
beautiful shine from a quality application during the restoration.
And the black convertible top has a great look and goes well with
the dark tones of the paint. This is a Mk IA example, and they are
desirable for applying lessons learned from the first run while
also never losing the svelte touches. So it doesn't have the
Cobra-style grille or racing stripes. Instead, it has crisp and
clean lines with just the classic minilite-style wheels and Power
By Ford fender badges to hint at the true muscle within. In fact,
this is one of the more interesting ones available. It's a
final-year example because the Roots Group was firmly in the hands
of Chrysler in 1967, and they were not excited about selling a
proudly Ford-powered car. And the Mk IA vehicle concluded
production before the full run of Series II cars - all in the short
span of 1967. It all makes for a great-looking restored classic
that has an interesting history.
If you like the look of the black roof against the deep green paint
then you're going to love the full black interior. The Alpine was a
good base for the Tiger because Sunbeam made a convertible that
felt very complete, right down to the roll-up windows. Plus,
there's a premium feeling in this car, and it has to do with the
quality of the restoration. The Tiger logo floor mats feel plush,
the convertible boot fits well, the trunk is fully finished, and
the real wood of the dash and steering wheel has a smooth feel and
a glossy presentation. And the Ford stick shift and a full set of
Jaeger gauges are the perfect merging of American muscle and
European driving dynamics.
The motor is what makes the Tiger so unique and important, and so
they made sure the engine bay was ready to be on full display. It's
beautifully tidy so that you can spot details like the Tudor
windscreen fluid bottle, additional bracing for this V8 machine,
and the Tiger Powered by Ford valve covers. Ford's 260 cubic-inch
V8 was great for this featherweight British machine, and we're even
told this powerhouse was rebuilt later in life. So, the motor fires
up readily and gives a ferocious growl out of the header-fed dual
exhaust. It makes for a strong powerhouse that you fully control
with the four-speed manual transmission. Add in front disc brakes
and the grip of modern Falken tires at all four corners, and soon
you realize that this Tiger is begging for the open road.
This final-year Tiger has been restored for the best Nostalgia. So
if you want to own a true legend, you can't let this one slip away.