Lot 69

2015   |   Amelia Island 2015

1964 Sunbeam Tiger Mk I

SOLD $154,000


$130,000 - $160,000| Without Reserve



Car Highlights

One of Just 27 Tigers Produced in Balmoral Grey
Recipient of Top Awards at Numerous Shows
Accompanied by Receipts, Manuals, Tools, and Original Valve Covers
Fully Restored California Car by Doug Pratte
One of the Finest Sunbeam Tigers Extant

Technical Specs

260 CID V-8 Engine
Single 4-Barrel Carburetor
164 HP at 4,400 RPM
4-Speed Manual Gearbox
Front Disc and Rear Drum Brakes
Front Independent-Wishbone Suspension with Coil Springs
Live Rear Axle with Semi-Elliptical Leaf Springs

Saleroom Addendum

*Please note that the 2008 restoration described in the catalogue was completed primarily by David Zumstein, Doug Pratte and Howard McKee.

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In 1964, a Balmoral Grey Tiger – exactly the same in presentation as the Series I example we see here – was launched at the New York Auto Show. Production continued until 1967, but because many were modified for racing, few Sunbeam Tigers survive in standard form.

According to the Tiger Registry, this example is one of only 27 cars factory finished in Balmoral Grey and has had just five owners since new. The prior owner, Neal Wichard of La Jolla, California, had the Sunbeam painstakingly restored in 2008 by Tom Shelby (Carroll Shelby’s nephew) and Doug Pratte of Only Yesterday Classic Autos, a renowned Cobra and Shelby restoration atelier in San Diego. A documented California car, it remains one of the most correct Tigers in existence. It presents with a dark gray hardtop, blue interior with navy piping, and a navy blue soft top.

In 2010, this car was invited to the Quail Motorsports Gathering in Carmel and was featured the following year on What’s My Car Worth? on the Velocity Channel. In 2011, it won Best in Show at the Los Angeles Shelby American Automobile Club in Santa Monica as well as at two Sunbeam Tiger Owners Association meets that same year.

Simply spectacular in its appearance, and rare in its originality and livery, this glorious Sunbeam Tiger is ready to impress spectators at shows, as well as enhance any collection of performance cars.