1967 Sunbeam Tiger
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Classic European Sports Car
While most may think that Sunbeam Tigers only came in one flavor, this is not the case. Changes to these Anglo-American hybrids throughout production were significant, resulting in three basic versions although differences exist from car to car, in the classic British tradition! The three versions are Mark 1 cars, Mark 1A, and Mark II's- the final version produced in 1967 only. All Mark 1 cars were powered by 260 CID Ford V-8's, while only the Mk.II cars had a Ford 289 CID V-8 fitted from the factory. 6,469 Mk.1 and Mk.1A cars were built, and a scant 534 Mk.II cars were produced.
The car before you was sold new in California, and remained there in the original owner's care until 2005. While it may present as a fully restored, it is in fact a completely original, untouched, unrestored car and likely the finest original Mk.II in existence. The paint, interior, convertible top, all weather equipment, trim, and even the exhaust are 100% original. Of course, with just 44,000 original miles the entire drivetrain has never been removed and only fastidiously maintained throughout the years. While many Tigers have been extensively modified, this beauty is just as it left the factory in 1967. The only additions I decided to make were the STOA cooling system updates (Ford Maverick cooling fan, sealed fan shroud, etc) that keep it running at 180 degrees or lower- always!-, a set of factory LAT wheels with sticky modern tires, an original LAT Pow-R-Lok differential installed to the original 2.88:1 ring and pinion, and OE bolt-on "Traction Master" LAT traction bars. The mint original wheels with Mk.II hubcaps, trim rings and brand-new Pirelli tires are holding up cobwebs in the corner of my garage.
If you have never driven a really good, original Tiger then you know how special they are. They are immensely enjoyable, smooth, quiet, and very fast cars. With roll-up windows, a water tight top, reclining seats, and many other luxuries not common in British sports cars they are a great grand touring car, not just a point and shoot Shelby-ized pocket rocket.
I have owned a handful of Tigers over the years, the last being a fantastic Mk.1A I sold to fund the purchase of my first 289 Cobra. As great as Cobras are, though, I always missed the Tiger for its comfort and relaxed touring capability. I decided my next Tiger would have to be the ultimate- a Mk.II in unrestored, survivor level condition. So finding this car, the result of a 10+ year search for the "right" Mk.II, wasn't easy! I have cherished this truly one of a kind Mk. II 289 Tiger since bringing it home over 5 years ago. I have thoroughly fine-tuned and sorted it from end to end while carefully preserving its incredible originality. There isn't a more original, better dialed in, more honest and "crisp" Tiger in existence. It runs, drives, and performs as good as new- if not better! The discreet rumble from the original exhaust, the distinct "click-click" of the perfect original trans and original shifter, and the famously smooth power of a great 289 CID engine are just priceless.