This year’s 1967 Sunbeam Tiger Mk II will direct your imaginations “Get Smart” – Rob Report

Those old enough to remember Maxwell Smart, the TV sitcom character of actor Don Adams, will remember that the stuttering spy drove a Sunbeam Tiger, a rare car when it was new in 1965 and one that’s even rarer now. car on display be clever He had a retractable machine gun under his hood and a few other basic spy accessories, but his red MK I Roadster was similar to the 1967 Sunbeam Tiger Mk II that would hit across the ramp at the April 22-23 Worldwide Auctioneers Auction in Auburn. India

The tiger has a wonderful history, although his life was short through no fault of his. In 1962, Carroll Shelby oversaw the unholy marriage between a British AC Roadster and a small-block Ford V8, the result being the Shelby AC Cobra. Against the backdrop of that car’s success in motorsports, Shelby and Sunbeam, a brand within the Rootes Group, proceeded to prototype a “Baby Cobra”, installing a Ford 260 ci V-8 under the hood of a Sunbeam that contained Previously four cylinders.

The 1967 Sunbeam Tiger Mk II crossed the basin this week through Worldwide Auctioneers.

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Development was rapid, and the car was presented at the 1964 New York Auto Show, and that same year racing prototypes competed but failed to finish at 24 Hours of Le Mans. The Tiger assembly was contracted to Jensen Motors, which had just lost its contract to assemble the Volvo P1800 (another favorite TV spy car). In all, 6,450 Sunbeam Tiger models were built during 1967, when the model sang short with a new model featuring Ford’s 289 ci V-8. Thus, the Tiger Mk II was born, and lived only long enough to build 536 models, according to Tiger educator Norman Mailer.

1967 Sunbeam Tiger Mk II sports car.

The Ferrari-style grille helps distinguish the Mk II from its predecessor.

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Essentially similar to its predecessor, the Mk II had some distinct characteristics that included its 4.7-liter engine, a Ferrari-like egg grille, and bold side stripes above the swingarms. The Mk II developed around 200 bhp in the standard tune, 36 hp more than the Mk I. Despite carrying a lightweight engine, neither version of the Tiger had a strong disposition compared to the AC Cobra or Shelby’s Mustang.

The Tiger’s demise was another failed chapter in British motoring history, as Chrysler acquired Rootes Group in 1967. Mopar didn’t have a proper V-8 for the Tiger pickup, which only had an inch to spare inside the narrow car. engine compartment. Anyone who has been annoyed with the model knows that to replace most of the driver-side rear spark plug on an American-spec car, the unfortunate mechanic would have to get through a panel on the interior firewall, or simply tow the engine.

A 4.7L V8 inside a 1967 Sunbeam Tiger Mk II sports car.

The 4.7-liter V8 engine produces about 200 horsepower.

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Since the Sunbeam Alpine and Tiger are basically identical, save for their engines and some unibody sheet metal under the outer body panels, there are several iron-fisted conversions as well as some totally cheating clones. For this reason, flawless documentation and source are essential when purchasing a tiger. This vehicle, serial number 3 produced by Tiger Mk II, is listed on Norman book [Miller], the official record recognized by serious tiger enthusiasts. It also wears many of the original Shelby-developed LAT (Los Angeles Tiger) options, including its hardtop, brushed wheels, hood scoop and two-inch exhaust.

The interior of a 1967 Sunbeam Tiger Mk II.

Even the rug and its jute backing are original.

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Most importantly, the car retains its original engine, carburetor, ignition, radiator and cap, oil cooler and remote filter, brake servo, alternator, four-speed manual transmission, differential and even. During her 55-year life, she has had four owners, the second he has kept for 30 years. Its third owner then commissioned famed Tiger expert Brad Jenkinson to do a metal restoration, refinishing the car in the original Carnival Red colour.

1967 Sunbeam Tiger Mk II sports car.

Carry-on options include a hardtop, polished wheels, hood scoop and a two-inch exhaust.

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Impressively, even the rug and its jute backing are original, as is every nut and screw. The car has an impressive showing history, taking home first place awards at Hilton Head, La Jolla Pinehurst and Shelby of America National Meet. With this resume, the price of this red rocket is estimated to be $180,000.

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