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*Please note that this car is titled as a 1965.
Few British-American hybrid sports cars of the 1960s offered a more effective package of high-performance engineering and classic roadster styling than the Sunbeam Tiger, as this authentically restored barn find brilliantly demonstrates. This late Tiger Mk I claims a limited chain of ownership, desirable mechanical options, and an impressive degree of originality, resulting in a truly remarkable example of the Carroll Shelby-tuned Sunbeam.
This car was equipped early on with a host of Los Angeles Tiger (LAT) options that were offered through Shelby’s Southern California shop, significantly bolstering its performance capabilities. Such features included a performance intake (LAT 1), cast alloy wheels (LAT 9), and a limited-slip rear differential with a 3.54:1 ratio (LAT 50 and 53). Believed to have been raced by its first owner, by 1975 the car had come into the care of its second owner, a Texas resident. Then displaying just 27,470 miles, the Tiger was garaged in the owner’s barn and remained there for the next 37 years.
Discovered in early 2012 by the consignor, the proprietor of a restoration shop in Omaha, Nebraska, the Tiger remained in a preserved barn-find state, appropriately parked next to a 1967 Shelby GT500. He was delighted to find that the body and drivetrain remained in original order without significant modifications or corrosion.
Bringing the Tiger to his facility for a full restoration, the consignor rebuilt the original 260 cid Ford Fairlane engine and Cobra intake manifold, improving overall performance with the addition of 289 K-Code specification headers, crank, and rods. Cosmetically, the body was blasted to bare metal and repainted in Arctic White, while the interior was appointed with fresh red leather upholstery – color choices consistent with the car’s original factory finish. Numerous photographs documenting the restoration process are included in the car’s file, and the Tiger is also accompanied by an original jack and tools.
Since the restoration was completed in late 2012, this beautiful Tiger has accrued approximately 150 miles and it is now primed for thrilling open-air jaunts or presentation at British car shows and regional concours d’elegance. Owned by just three caretakers, and featuring many original and desirable LAT equipment options, this authentically restored Tiger Mk I would make a distinguished addition to any collection and should particularly pique the interest of Shelby enthusiasts and collectors of competition- oriented postwar British roadsters.