ffered here is a wonderful matching numbers example of a 1965 Sunbeam Tiger Mk1. This car is in very nice restored condition finished in dark blue with a red interior. The underside of the car being just as nice as the outside.
We acquired the car from its third owner and gave the car a mechanical going over which included new brakes, tires, carburetor rebuild, and gas tank cleaning. It runs and drives exceptionally well. The engine is smooth and the original 4 speed transmission shifts as it should. It comes with both its hardtop and new soft top. Overall the car is very nice and is a wonderful matching numbers Tiger Mk 1.
The purpose of this report is to establish the condition and authenticity of the subject car, a 1965 Sunbeam Tiger Mark I. It carries a 260 cubic-inch V-8 with a four-speed transmission and is painted in dark blue.
MECHANICALS: As noted, the engine is correct for this car as noted by its build date against the car’s production run. All mechanicals on this car have been recently serviced including the brakes, wiring, and fuel system. The engine has been fully tuned including new filters, points, and condenser. This car starts well and comes to a smooth idle within ten seconds of starting. There is no smoke of any color noted on start-up, idle, or acceleration. The engine compartment has also been cosmetically refreshed and presents in very good condition. In addition, the underside is clean and has also been finished in correct chassis black paint. The underside has no intrusive welds that would indicate any catastrophic damage or rust repairs in any way. All evidence suggests that this car has always been solid and rust-free and is in excellent condition.
INTERIOR: The leather interior of this Sunbeam has been completely restored including all upholstery, carpets, door panels, and all trim work. It is finished in red leather with outstanding craftsmanship throughout. The dashboard has all of its correct switches and gauges (This is important as the Sunbeam Tiger used a unique set of gauges) and the wood is in excellent condition. It also carries the correct steering wheel for this car. All glass is clean and clear with no imperfections noted.
TIRES/WHEELS: This Sunbeam has its correct factory rims which are in excellent condition. The tires are new period correct U.S. Royal Safety 800 4 Ply tires that are new, and the hub caps are in excellent condition.
TOP/BOWS: This Tiger has been fitted with a new convertible top and looks excellent. All bows, pins, and latches are in good order and the top raises and lowers with no difficulty. This Tiger also retains its factory hardtop, which has been restored to like-new condition.
CHROME & BRIGHTWORK: All chrome and trim on this Tiger has been cleaned and polished to a high luster. The bumpers, the mirrors, windows, emblems, and all other trim pieces are in excellent condition. The only surface rust noted is on the underside of the rear bumper below the license plate. This area is unseen unless under the car and is not visible otherwise. Most importantly, all trim components that are unique to the Sunbeam Tiger are accounted for on this car and they are in good condition.
SUMMARY: The Sunbeam Tiger is an interesting facet of American sports car history as it directly paralleled the efforts of Carroll Shelby in fitting an American V-8 in a small European body. Bodies were built by the Pressed Steel Company and assembly took place at Jensen. The cars were then fitted with a Ford V-8 and the Sunbeam Tiger was born. They were produced from 1964-1967 and in that time 7,083 were built. The subject car is attractive due to its solid condition and preserved status.