LMC is very proud to offer for sale this 1965 Sunbeam Tiger.
When the small British sports car called the AC Ace was outfitted with American V8 power and called the Shelby Cobra, many people were watching, employees of the Rootes Group, another British car manufacturer included. Inspired by the outcome of the Cobra, they took one of their Series III Alpine Roadsters, originally powered by a 1.7L 4-cylinder engine, and sent it right to the source, Carroll Shelby, to see if something similar could be developed. Shelby and another California based racer named Ken Miles set about fitting a small V8 into the little Alpine, in both cases the new, lightweight Ford Motor was chosen and successfully put together. Both cars were then sent back to Britain for testing. The Shelby design, with its engine set far back for good balance was chosen and the Sunbeam Tiger was set to be produced by Jensen Motors Ltd. based out of Staffordshire England. British sports cars have always held a special place in the hearts of automotive enthusiasts, with their lightweight designs and good looks they are often the darlings of classic car shows -- with the Carroll Shelby association, the Tiger is often referred to as the “poor man’s Cobra”.
This 1965 Sunbeam Tiger has been restored to its former glory, being complete with the almost requisite British Racing Green paint and the Black interior. It is powered by a Ford 260 engine and 4 speed manual transmission, has the retractable soft top. Combining the racing pedigree that comes with Shelby engineering and design, with the power of a Ford V8 and the attractive British roadster styling has been proven to be a winning combination. This beautiful Sunbeam Tiger provides a great opportunity for someone looking to have the performance and fun driving experience of a Cobra, without the high dollar investment.
This Sunbeam Tiger, like all others, is very collectible and desirable in the collector car market. The combo of the British sports car and the Ford powered V8 that the Tiger and the Shelby Cobra both share is one of the automotive industries most successful and iconic combination.