Lot 224

1966 Sunbeam Tiger Mk IA


$86,800 USD | Sold

United States | Phoenix, Arizona



Chassis No.
B382002093 LRXFE
Engine No.
7476 B19KC
Gearbox No.
HEHE 016034
Body No.
JAL 662081
  • The iconic Sunbeam Tiger
  • Restored by Classic Showcase in California
  • Includes Rootes Archive Centre Trust certificate
  • A nimble British sports car with American V-8 power
Addendum: Please note that this lot is titled as a 1967 and the title is in transit.

Between 1964 and 1967, production of Mark I Tigers reached 6,450, with about half of them unofficially designated Mark IA, based on the Series V Alpine. The Mark II was introduced in 1967, but few were built before production was halted. The Chrysler Corporation had bought the Rootes Group, which made the Ford engine verboten, although Chrysler’s smallest V-8 sadly would not fit.

This Mk IA Tiger was manufactured on 13 May 1966 and built to North American specifications. When it was complete, it was sent to Rootes Motors Overseas Ltd. in London for export. In recent years the car was restored by Classic Showcase in Oceanside, California, where all components would be refurbished, and a full vehicle detail was performed inside and out, including the undercarriage.

During the restoration, all-new suspension components were installed, the brightwork was refinished as needed, the top bows were restored for the new fitted soft top, and the instruments refurbished. New rubber was installed, as was a new stainless-steel exhaust system. The Tiger was wet-sanded and buffed after having received new paint, resulting in a brilliant finish. Further, new carpets were fitted and all-new upholstered panels were installed in the trunk. The varnished wood dashboard has full instrumentation, as well as a period-correct Motorola solid state AM radio. The car is fitted with Michelin radial tires that are on steel wheels and have correct hubcaps and beauty rings.

The car exchanged hands in March 2015, when it was acquired by the current owner. After a pleasurable stint, the Sunbeam is ready to be enjoyed by its next owner. Of course, no car is complete without its accessories; as such, this example is offered with a tool roll, owner’s manual, and certificate from the Rootes Archive Centre Trust.