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The Sunbeam Alpine Series I was a charming two-seat British convertible introduced by the Rootes Group in 1959 and intended primarily for the US market. While its styling and handling were very well-received, leaders of the Rootes Group, wanted a model with more power.
Seeking a solution, the Rootes Group turned to Carroll Shelby to engineer an alternative powered by a V-8. Shelby returned with a Ford 260 V-8 powered Alpine, backed by a BorgWarner four-speed transmission, a Dana 44 rear axle, and rack and pinion steering. Though initially incensed that the car had been developed without his knowledge, one test drive made Lord Rootes a devotee. Suddenly, Sunbeam’s competition was no longer Triumph and MG, but rather Jaguar and Corvette. Named for its 1926 land speed record car, the Sunbeam Tiger was born.
This desirable low-mileage, Mk IA Tiger with a matching-numbers engine recently underwent a restoration by Classic Showcase of Oceanside, California. Originally forest green, it has been refinished in a captivating midnight blue. The restoration included a new top, interior, rubber, and exhaust. With mechanicals addressed to ensure remarkable performance, brightwork refinished as needed, and correct hubcaps with trim rings, this Tiger presents and performs just as the Rootes Group originally intended.