This is a very rare and very original "unmolested" Matching #'s 1966 Sunbeam Tiger Mark 1A - aka "Baby Shelby Cobra" or "The Get Smart Car." This is a fully documented 4-owner car with only 51,600 original miles. Matching # 260 V8 with original 4 speed trans and both soft top and original hardtop as well! Fully documented through Sunbeam Tiger Owners Association with Certificate of Authenticity #457. VIN: B382001367LRXFE JAL: 661363 ENGINE #: 6341-B19KC
The engine was fully overhauled at 48,127 miles with a .030 overbore to the original block. New pistons & rings, machine turned crankshaft .010, reconditioned connecting rods, new camshaft & lifters, rod bolts, timing chain & gear, main bearings, rod bearings, cam bearings, all fresh gaskets, valve guides, new oil pump, etc. were all included. The generator, starter, and water pump were all rebuilt to operate as new. The radiator & heater core were cleaned and resealed professionally. Typical upgrades to Tiger's were commenced at this point with a new Edelbrock Performer aluminum intake, Holley 4-barrel 600cfm carburetor (both available as dealer installed LAT options when new), new clutch, Pertronix ignition, Jet-coated exhaust headers from Sunbeam Specialties, 6-blade cooling fan (also optional by LAT), and new aluminum finned valve covers reading Tiger Powered by Ford! The all-important numbers associated with this Tiger are still attached with their original rivets.
This 1966 Mark 1A (which had a total run of 2694 vehicles worldwide). 4 owner car with original mileage. The 3rd owner did the restoration (approximately 16-17 years ago). The 3rd owner bought it in April 1992 and only drove it 3,513 miles during his 22 years of ownership. White soft top and the very rare hard top included. Many authentic LA Tiger Upgrades, comes with boxes of original parts, spare parts, original wheels, and the coveted Authenticity Document signed off on by 3 judges. Original clock, gauges, burled walnut wood dash in great shape. Interior was redone during the restoration. Mag wheels are not La Tiger but resemble them. Tires in great shape. Soft top in very decent shape, Hard top in great shape (except weatherstripping). This Tiger has it's original burled walnut dash, correct Smiths electric clock, mahogany steering wheel & shift handle, Jaegar instrumentation, headlight rock guards, locking center console, Girling power front disc brakes, Talbot rearview mirror, windshield washer, soft boot cover. Dash was rewired - Smith electric clock and temp gauge rebuilt and shipped back from England. Included are the original 13" steel wheels with wheel covers with new radial tires, the original valve covers with Sunbeam ID sticker, exhaust manifolds, 2-barrel intake manifold, Ford carburetor & riser, 4-blade fan, some suspension & brake components. Also a huge box of documentation too!
This car does not have many of the common issues you see with these cars- ie. accident issues, rust, questionable original engine/trans or replacement engines, no documentation on authenticity, only convertible top, wrong air filter, wrong clock, aftermarket steering wheels, aftermarket radio, etc. This car has tons of documentation and receipts, original drivetrain, correct clock, steering wheel, 2 tops, (rolling rack for the hard top) solid body and undercarriage, and LA Tiger upgrades including better brakes in front.
The weatherstripping is a little tired in some places on the car and the paint does show some wear and some fine scratches, etc... Overall a very original and honest and RATRE car!
History of the Sunbeam Tiger:
The "Baby Cobra" by Carroll Shelby, it was his idea to drop an American Ford 260 - 289 V8 into a little British Sports car. The Sunbeam Tiger is a high- performance V8 version of the British Rootes Group's Sunbeam Alpine Roadster. They were only made from 1964 - 1967. With the sale of the Rootes Group Sunbeam Alpine positioned as a fine touring automobile, Southern California Sunbeam-Talbot sales manager, Ian Garrad, needed to offer a product more suited for sports car enthusiasts often visiting their showrooms. Efforts to build a car that could attract these young, performance minded individuals went to successful design and performance team, Shelby American! It was already well known that they could shoe-horn V8 horsepower into just about anything you asked them to, so the Ford 260ci V8 was selected for its size and ample power output. It was tucked into the small English chassis with only a "few" refinements to the engine bay and firewall, and a "baby Cobra" was born with the official name, Sunbeam Tiger! The Mark IA, a revised vision of the original, was produced from August 1965 through February 1966 with production totaling just 2,706 units. Ford powered 260ci V8 engine mated to the Borg Warner T10 4-speed manual transmission with a 2.88 rear end!
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