1965 Sunbeam Tiger (Tiger)
Last updated Dec 26, 2009
This was a 1965 Sunbeam Tiger and this is the only shot that I saved of it. I purchased this car out of Montreal in 1978 and it had obviously been winter driven. It had the 260 engine and ran well, well enough to ruin the rear spring mounts when I accelerated it a little too hard one day. I hung onto it for few years but in the end had too many rust issues to make it worthwhile to spend any more money on. This car seemed to gain a reputation of being more powerful than I think they were, at least from my limited experience driving them or solo racing against them. A few years ago a 66 Tiger LAT optioned car was offered to me as a partial trade but it still did not offer the sheer insanity of Cobras or even the V8 Zs so I passed. Who knows, looking at what people are paying for them now maybe it was a mistake. I still come across Tigers (at least they are presented that way but more often than not are V8 Alpines) once in awhile and often the Alpines pushed up beside garages in poor condition so there are still lots of them waiting for restoration.
This car turned up about 15 years later at a British car meet. I recorded the VIN and checked later at home and sure enough it was the car. It looked to have received an amateur restoration sometime in those years and was used as a driver. Credit to the owner, drive it and enjoy it.
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