Open Roads, March | Lot 237
1965 Sunbeam Tiger Mk I
$78,500 - $85,000 USD
| Dania Beach, Florida
17 - 25 March 2021
- One of 3,762 Mk I Tigers built
- Listed in The Book of Norman
- 260 cu. in. Ford V-8 and four-speed manual transmission
- Finished in Midnight Blue with a dark blue soft top over a grey interior
The Cobra was not the only pioneering American-powered British roadster “hybrid” created by Carroll Shelby. At the behest of British automaker Sunbeam, Shelby created the Tiger based on their gorgeous slab-sided Alpine roadster, noted for offering more comfort than other British sports cars of its era and having a high measure of style. Shelby solved the underpowered Sunbeam’s problems with the installation of a small-block Ford V-8 and a four-speed manual transmission, rack-and-pinion steering, and stiffened springs. The results were performance that no sporting driver could possibly complain about: 0–60 mph in 7.8 seconds and a top speed of 124 mph. The Tiger was produced through 1967, at which point the Rootes Group was sold to Chrysler, forcing the discontinuation of this Ford-powered model.
This 1965 Sunbeam Tiger Mk I is listed in The Book of Norman as having been sold new in Indian Harbour Beach, Florida. Today the car is finished in paint code 58 Midnight Blue with a dark blue soft top. It rides on Minilite Carroll Shelby Wheels wrapped in new Radar Dimax Classic tires. The Tiger is powered by a 260 cu. in. Ford V-8 engine which is backed by a four-speed manual transmission. The interior is trimmed in grey leather and features a wood-rimmed steering wheel, and wood dash housing a dash clock and Jaeger instrumentation. The Tiger is accompanied by an owner’s handbook, workshop manual, and service invoices.