LMC is very proud to offer for sale this 1967 Sunbeam Tiger Mk II
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. Throughout history there have been instances of these well sorted lightweight vehicles being paired to high output American engines. The Rootes Group, which owned Sunbeam, as well as Hillman, Humber, and Singer, wanted a car that would take advantage of the massive demand for these types of cars in North America. A prototype based on the Sunbeam Alpine was developed in conjunction with Carroll Shelby and Ken Miles, and it quickly gained the approval of top brass at Rootes, who decided to produce the car at Jensen Motors in England. The Tiger was first available for purchase in the United States in 1964, and it was made available as a right-hand-drive model in its native market the following year.
While Sunbeam produced over 6,000 Mk I Tigers, only 536 Mk II variants were produced in 1967. The Mk II Sunbeam Tigers boasted a host of improvements over their predecessors, chief among which was the Ford 289 V-8 engine that had made a name for itself in the Shelby Cobra. The additional horsepower provided by the 289 brought welcome performance improvements. Its top speed was 122 mph, and 0–60 mph took just 7.5 seconds. Stylistic changes included the addition of an egg-crate grille, with its distinctive “grille eyebrow”; lower body stripes; a stainless steel rocker panel and wheel-well moldings; Sunbeam script on the hood and trunk; rectangular reverse lights mounted underneath the rear bumper; an updated oil cooler; slightly revised headlight trim; and an upgraded interior that featured unique upholstery patterns and instrument lettering. a burled walnut dashboard. In 1967 the Rootes group was taken over by Chrysler which consequently did not have a small enough engine to replace the small block Ford V8. This cut short production of the MKII to 536 units making the 289ci powered Tiger a very rare and sought after sports car.
This particular Tiger MKII was originally sold new in San Diego, California, where it remained until 1979. It was then sold to the Founder of the Colorado Tiger owners club Donald Perez who had put it in a storage facility for 23 years. In 2002, the car was sold to a new owner with the intention of performing a complete rotisserie restoration. The car was then stripped to bare metal revealing a virtually rust free body having spent most of its life on the west coast. It was then sprayed in its factory Forest Green paint just like how it came from the factory. Nearly all the chrome on the interior and exterior were replated including bumpers and bumperettes.
During the restoration, all mechanical components were removed during this process, and carefully inspected, refurbished and reinstalled on the vehicle. The intent was to keep as many original mechanical components as possible and ensure the Tiger would be a well sorted driving machine. The car still retains its numbers matching engine, transmission and rear axle which has been verified by Sunbeam Tiger expert Norman Miller. Pertronix ignition was added to replace the faulty original ignition system and increase reliability.
The interior was refinished with the same attention to detail as the rest of the car. New period correct pieces from Sunbeam Specialties were used to complete the interior. The steering wheel was updated with a smaller, sportier Lecarra unit to allow for taller drivers.
Included in the sale are the original Owner’s Manual and reproduction tool kit. Also included are many parts and service receipts from the restoration, period photographs and registration documents. A great opportunity to own a very rare West Coast Mark II Tiger, with known owner history and a numbers matching drivetrain.
It is always a pleasant surprise to find a well restored vehicle that is meant to be driven, rather than hiding it away in a garage it is most at home on the twisting back roads accompanied by the iconic V8 rumble. All completed work is documented with extensive lists of completed restoration tasks and parts invoices making this Tiger a rare extremely well documented classic ready to drop the top and hit the road once again!