1967 Sunbeam Tiger Mk IA (1967)



To Be OFFERED AT AUCTION WITHOUT RESERVE at RM Sothebys' The Elkhart Collection event, 1 - 2 May 2020.
Beautiful overall condition and presentation260 cu. in. Ford V-8 and four-speed manual transmissionFeatures L.A. Tiger steering wheel and knock-off wheelsAccompanied by spare, jack, top boot, and owner’s manual

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 Sunbeam was sold to Chrysler, forcing the discontinuation of the Ford-powered model. A total of 7,083 Tigers had been produced, and the restored survivors remain as much fun to drive today as they were when new.

Offered here is a Mark IA Tiger, a late first-generation model equipped with its original 260 cu. in. V-8, the number of which matches the stamping on the data plate. It is properly and beautifully restored in Forest Green with a black interior, which remains in outstanding condition. Features include period Talbot-style mirrors and L.A. Tiger (or L.A.T.) wood-rimmed steering wheel and knock-off wheels, popular accessories on California-delivery Tigers. Accompanying the car is a full-size spare, jack, top boot, and owner’s manual.

A beautifully finished companion to one’s Cobra or a thrilling road car in its own right, this superb Tiger would be a benefit to any collection. It completes the Shelby story and in truly fine style, with all the best options and accessories.To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/el20.
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  • Year: 1967
  • First registered: 1967

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